The leadership tussle in Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), South West is getting more complicated on a daily basis as Ondo State chapter Party rejected Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola led reconciliatory Committee.
The development was conveyed through a jointly signed statement by the chieftains of the party among who are Chief Tunde Akindehin, Hon. Ebenezer Alabi, Mr. Ayo Fadaka, Hon. Niyi Ogungbuji, Hon. Saka Lawal.
The copy of the statement made available to journalists on Sunday stated that it is the outcome of the meeting that rejected Oyinlola and his team, maintained that, “We have been notified and invited to a meeting with Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola who is visiting our State in furtherance of a purported reconciliation effort.”
The statement further reads as thus: “We however wish to immediately place on record that we have no portion in the plans, program and objective of Prince Oyinlola’s assignment as it is not sincere and consistent to the interest of the Party.”
“We readily recall that Oyinlola Committee’s assignment is grounded on the perfidy concocted in the meeting held in the Oyo State Government House Ibadan, to unjustly repudiate the agreement reached at the South Zonal Meeting of 12th March, 2019.
“It is therefore incomprehensible that a reconciliation committee can immediately emerge from a forum where agreements were unabashedly destroyed and seeds of discord planted.”
“That in a meeting held at the Ibadan residence of His Excellency, Dr Ayo Fayose, Prince Oyinlola was told pointblank that his entire assignment will be easily accomplished if he can get ex Gov Ayo Fayose, Senator Demola Adeleke, Hon. Ladi Adebutu, Dr. Ogunkelu amongst other leaders to meet with Gov Seyi Makinde as the issues responsible for this crisis can quickly be sorted out quickly in such a meeting.”
“We now note, that rather than take that advice, he is more interested in his jamboree across the zone, which till now continues to remain an exercise in futility.”
“That we are now convinced that H E Olagunsoye Oyinlola does not mean well for the Party, as he belongs to a team seeking to promote insurrection across the Zone.”
“Our conclusion is premised on the fact that he was in the team that went to Ogun State to invite a man who ditched the Party at a crucial period in 2019, Otunba Gbenga Daniel to return to the Party and “take leadership” of Ogun State, and this is irrespective of the fact that there is a duly elected Executive of the Party, well nurtured by a consistent leadership in the State.”
“That we remain concerned that Oyinlola’s sponsor, Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State is a threat to the amity and unity of the Party in the South West, as he is busy creating factions in all the States of the Zone.”
“He has refused to recognise the elected Executives of the Party, duly certified by the National Executive in Ekiti, Ogun and Lagos States. He is also creating factions in Osun, Ondo and Oyo.”
“To this extent, we invite the National Working Committee to take due interest in his activities and immediately call him to order.”
“That as Party men, committed to the progress and unity of our Party, we cannot confer any legitimacy on Oyinlola’s mission by attending any meeting or parley with him and his Committee.”
“That we eagerly await the National Reconciliation Committee set up by the National Working Committee of the Party under the distinguished leadership of Senator (Dr.) Bukola Saraki, the immediate past Senate President, in whom we have implicit confidence to adjudicate most dispassionately and honestly on these issues. We therefore put on record our desire and absolute readiness to cooperate with them anytime they arrive our State.”
“That we continue to stand with His Excellency, Ayodele Fayose and all other leaders of the Zone who believes very firmly in the sanctity of agreements reached and gentlemanly conduct at all times.”