Political parties reconcile ahead of Osun gubernatorial poll

Yinka Salaam, Osogbo

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Major political parties in Osun State, South-West Nigeria are making frantic reconciliatory moves to ensure victory in the September 22 governorship election.

Both the All Progressives Congress, APC candidate and the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP are tidying up the loose ends to ensure victory in the poll.

According to a Press statement, the APC camp constituted a Peace and Reconciliation Committee Committee that was headed by a former Deputy Governor in the state, Sooko  Adewoyin.

The committee which has already visited Osogbo and Olorunda local governments areas of the state was to ensure warring factions within the party are reconciled and brought together.

Build consensus
The committee is also to build consensus among the people for the emergence of the APC candidate, Alhaji Gboyega Oyetola as the next governor of Osun State.

The statement said the party has realised that to emerge victorious, every stakeholder must have the will to forgive the past and resolve to live as brothers.

“It is the cardinal objective of the committee to engage the people through dialogue, advocacy and sensitisation for them to achieve their goal towards the election.

“No amount of security presence will guarantee peace if the people are not willing to embrace peace, hence the need for the committee to go round the state and embrace the aggrieved members in the party,” it said.

Members of the committee included top political office holders and chieftains of the party in Osun state.

No reservations
Meanwhile, the first runner-up in the gubernatorial primary election of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Osun State, Dr. Akin Ogunbiyi has ruled out the possibility of defecting from the party.

Dr Ogunbiyi gave this assurance as he played host to party loyalists in Ile-Ogbo town, saying he had no reservations for the party candidate, Senator Ademola Adeleke.

He explained that the party’s  leadership had made frantic efforts to reconcile the warring factions by equitably distributing the political offices.

Members of the National Working Committee, NWC, of the party had, with a view to ending the rancour within the party and in their volition brokered peace with a written agreement, presented to me and Senator Ademola Adeleke.

“I did not demand anything from the NWC of our party but they, out of their wisdom made proposals on offices. I did not solicit an automatic Senatorial ticket from anybody…I believe in party supremacy and have already put my trust in God. The leadership of the party said that my camp should present the deputy governorship candidate. And that I will be given a Senator ticket,” Dr Ogunbiyi stated.

“Even though I am sure I won the election, for peace to reign, and in view of my belief in the PDP, I was just looking. But, Adeleke’s camp had already chosen Mr. Albert Adeogun as the deputy governorship candidate and till now, they have not fulfilled the agreement.”

“Notwithstanding, I am not leaving PDP. PDP is the hope of Nigerians and Osun people. I will fulfil my campaign promises to teeming PDP members in the area of human and social development despite not being the party’s candidate,” Dr Ogunbiyi explained.

He expressed readiness to work for the party’s success at the September 22 Governorship poll and implored his supporters across the state to stay loyal to the party.

 

Lateefah Ibrahim