By: Tunde Oyekola, Osogbo.
The Caretaker committee of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Monday started to woo back aggrieved members of the party who left the party to join other political parties with a visit to the former governor of the state, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola at his Okuku residence.
The committee also on Tuesday paid similar visit to the Gubernatorial candidate of Labour Party (LP) during the 2014 governorship election in the state, Alhaji Fatai Akinade Akinbade at his home in Osogbo.
At a brief meeting attended by Labour Party supporters and some PDP Chieftains,Hundreds of members of the Labour Party in Osun including the party’s governorship aspirant, Alhaji Fatai Akinbade, announced their defection to the major opposition party in the state, the Peoples Democratic Party, and vowed to take over reign from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) during the forthcoming governorship next year.
The defection followed moves by the Caretaker Committee of the PDP to woo Akinbade and begged him and other members of the Labour Party to return to the PDP.
Asking Akinbade to forgive the party and give way for reconciliation of past differences, the chairman of the PDP caretaker committee, Ahlaji Sarafadeen Ishola said there was a need for those who had left the party to return if PDP would defeat APC in the August, 2018 poll.
Ishola while addressing members of the LP and PDP members at the residence of Akinbade, said PDP had visited the former National Secretary of PDP, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola to seek forgiveness disclosing that Oyinlola forgave the party for the injustice meted out
According to Ishola, “we are here today to beg Oluomo (Akinbade). There is bound to be offences in politics. So, our brother, Alhaji Akinbade, forgive us and return to PDP. There has never been any party that ruled Nigeria for 16 years since independence in 1960. We need to reconcile our differences.
“Osun people are clamouring for transformation and 2018 is vital in Osun. The people are already asking for the exit of APC and we shouldn’t disappoint them. We shouldn’t disobey the people of Osun. We will still beg other people like SSG and commissioners.”
In his reaction, Akinbade said that himself and other aspirants and members of the LP had agreed to join PDP in defeating APC in the state.
The former Secretary to Osun state government said he dumped PDP in February, 2014 saying he was ready to return to the party alongside his numerous supporters.
While noting that LP would meet and issue a formal release on their defection said if the party had not supported late Adeleke’s younger brother during the Osun West by election, PDP may not have defeated APC.
Akinbade said, “PDP is the only solution to Osun challenges. Osun people will not be happy with us if we should misuse this opportunity of this election. To prevent the APC from rigging this governorship election, we need to decrease APC’s numerical strength.”