By: Adeola Oladele, Ibadan
Consequent upon the recent Supreme Court ruling that sacked the legitimacy of Ali Modu Sheriff as the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the Oyo State chapter of the party, yesterday resolved to re-unite warring factions within the party, with the aim of building a party in which the will of the people is supreme and properly define the character of those who will drive the new process it will create.
The party made the resolve at a stakeholders meeting conveyed by a former deputy chief whip of the senate, in the seventh assembly, Senator Hosea Agboola.
The meeting had in attendance prominent members of the Makarfi faction who by the Supreme Court ruling became the authentic group members in the state.
Some of the personalities present at the meeting include the immediate past state chairman, Hon. Yinka Taiwo, a former speaker of the state House of Assembly, Hon. Jelili Adeleke, former members of the House of Representatives, Hon. Jimoh Afeez; Mrs. Funmi Orisadeyi and a former state chairman of Association of Local Governments of Nigeria (ALGON), Mr. Demola Ojo.
Others were a prominent grassroots politician and leader in the state, Alhaji Adebisi Olopoenia; another leader from the Oke Ogun axis, Hon. Jacob Adetoro; the state Chairman, All People’s Democratic Alliance (APDA), Hon. Yemi Taiwo, among others.
While calling for an immediate commencement of the reconciliation of all aggrieved party members, groups and factions, the party, in a communiqué issued by Hon. Debo Adejumobi, agreed that the stakeholders should immediately set up a standing committee that would carry out the assignment of unifying all party members both at the state and local government levels throughout the state with a view of rebuilding its structures.
Earlier while reporting a recently concluded National Executive Committee (NEC) Meeting which was held in Abuja, the convener of the stakeholders meeting, Senator Agboola said the meeting was the result of a decision taken earlier at the NEC level to ensure that all warring factions are brought back into the umbrella party.
He assured that the top notch of the party is discussing with the likes of Engineer Seyi Makinde and former governors Rashidi Ladoja and Alao Akala as well as other decampees to come back to the the party.
The state former chairman, Hon Yinka Taiwo when confronted with the news of the members of Senator Alimodu Sheriff faction decamping to the Mega Party of Nigeria, assures that such move would not last.
Taiwo, who denied belonging to the Sheriff’s faction, noted that he is an authentic member of the PDP which has no faction, adding that in a matter of few months, all aggrieved members would soon come together to work together in the interest of rescuing the state from the ruling party.
One of the stalwarts of the party, Alhaji Olopoenia, while addressing the stakeholders appealed to all the members to renew their commitment, bury their hatchet and continue to imbibe the spirit of brotherliness irrespective of factions or group.
APDA Chairman, Yemi Taiwo said if the Makarfi faction had lost at the Supreme Court, the stakeholders meeting conveyed would have been held under the name APDA, saying the Makarfi faction had created the platform to create an alternative platform for members of the faction.
He noted that, having won at the highest judicial level, the PDP must put its house in order and speed up preparation ahead of the forthcoming elections.
When contacted by WESTERNPOST, SDP State Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Akeem Azeez, who did not deny the representation of his party flagbearer at the PDP meeting, however said: “Engr. Seyi Makinde is in the forefront of coalition of opposition parties in Oyo State and beyond to form an alliance to field a joint candidate for gubernatorial election in 2015, noting that, it was not an avenue that he has defected to PDP.