By Kolade Larewaju
APPARENTLY in a last ditch effort to end the political crisis rocking Ogun State, the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday reinstated the Alhaji Sule Onabiyi-led State Elders Council which was suspended on September 15 last year.
Rising from the Central Working Committee meeting of the party in Abeokuta, the PDP also announced the constitution of a 15 member reconciliation committee to find a way of reconciling all aggrieved members.
The political crisis rocking the state has pitched Governor Olugbenga Daniel against some elders of the party, including former Minister of Finance, Senator Jubril Martins-Kuye, Alhaji Sule Onabiyi and 15 members of the State House of Assembly led by the Speaker, Mr. Tunji Egbetokun.
Also in conflict with the Governor included former Special Adviser to President Olusegun Obasanjo, Dr. Doyin Okupe, former Minister of Steel, Alhaji Sarafadeen Ishola, Senator Iyabo Obasanjo-Bello, Senator Lekan Mustapha and about five of the nine members of the House of Representatives from the state.
But addressing a press conference yesterday in Abeokuta immediately after the meeting, State Publicity Secretary, Mr. Deji Kalejaiye said the lifting of the suspension on the activities of the Elders Council was part of the â€œwind of understanding and the common spirit of genuine reconciliation blowing in the party.
â€œIn the same vein, Alhaji Sule Onabiyi has also been reinstated as the Chairman of the Elders Council of Peoples Democratic Party as well as Elder Yemi Akinwonmi as the transition Secretary of the Councilâ€
Mr. Kalejaiye also announced the setting up of the 15 member reconciliation committee with former Commissioner for Finance in the state, Chief Niyi Adegbenro as Chairman.
Other prominent members of the committee which has four weeks to submit its report include Senator Tunde Osholake, Chief Derin Adebiyi, Chief Kola Ogunjobi, Hon. Rasaq Adewusi, Otunba Dele Odulaja and Chief Pegba Otemolu.
He explained that their terms of reference was to examine the grievances within the party, invite various stakeholders in each local government for consultation on their grievances and recommend solutions and to explore any other conciliatory measures necessary that would ensure that there would be no more misunderstanding within the party.