The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) gubernatorial candidate for Oyo State, Senator Teslim Folarin, has called on all members of the party to close ranks and put whatever grievances they had arising from the party primaries behind them, promising to protect everyone’s interest.
The PDP candidate, who has called a stakeholders’ meeting for Sunday afternoon, said only the unity of the party could guarantee it victory at the gubernatorial election scheduled for February 28 next year.
“I appreciate the disappoint of some of my co-aspirants but I must appeal for their understanding and cooperation, knowing full well that unless we come together and fight the election as one, we might not be able to achieve the victory we desire,” he said in a statement by his campaign’s Director of Publicity, Mr. Victor Oluwadamilare.
According to the statement released in Ibadan on Sunday, the state PDP stakeholders’ meeting would be attended by all the gubernatorial contestants, National and State House of Assembly candidates, elders and members of the State Executive Committee of the party.
Oluwadamilare said the stakeholders would discuss further the reconciliation process instituted by Senator Folarin and approve the structure of the party’s campaign for the general election next year.
It would be recalled that several aspirants had taken offence at the primaries processes, leading to the exit of some members of the party, including former governor Adebayo Alao-Akala and another frontline aspirant, Seyi Makinde.
But Senator Folarin, according to the statement, said the way to resolve internal dispute was not to abandon the party but to stay and work out an amicable resolution within the rules and guidelines of the PDP whose umbrella he added was big enough to accommodate the interests of everyone.
“We can seek and find accommodation within our party, which is the strongest political brand in Africa,” the PDP gubernatorial candidate said.