By Ola Ajayi
IBADANâ€”FORMER Minister of Justice, Chief Richard Akinjide (SAN), former GovernorÂ of Oyo State, Senator Rashidi Ladoja and other notable founding fathers of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state have condemned the National Vice Chairman (South West) of the party, Alhaji Tajudeen Oladipo for fueling crisis in the region.
In a statement by one of the aggrieved chieftains of the party, Chief Lekan Balogun, the partyâ€™s elders alleged that the partyâ€™s zonal leadership had shirked in its responsibility by â€œsustaining the status quo that is clearly inconsistent with democratic principles and the noble objectives of attaining permanent peace and unity within the partyâ€.
Instead of the Oladipo led executive to heed the advice of Ike Nwachukwu led committee, it had consistently danced to discordant tune being played by the Governor of Oyo State, Otunba Adebayo Alao-Akala.
They alleged that â€œevents have proved that yourÂ seemingly genuine efforts at finding solutions to this crisis lack the needed sincerity after all. You have obviously acted in collaboration with the Oyo State executive government and the illegal Oyo PDP exco to frustrate genuine efforts at finding solutions to these persistent crises for reasons that border on self interest.
Instead of the partyâ€™s leadership to toe the path of peace and embraceÂ resolutions jointly taken at previous meetings, it deliberately did not implement them in concert with Alao-Akala led administration.
The PDP elders stressed that nothing would make them abandon the outcome of the Nwachukwu ked committee which supported that both party and executive posts be shared to foster the feelings of participation and belonging.
According to them, the zonal leadership of the party had frustrated all the peace moves made by the former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, Shuaib Oyedokun and many others because of the intolerable influence of Governor Alao-Akala.
For quick resolution of the political logjam, the elders insisted that â€œwe are resolutely sticking to the intervention of the Nwachukwu led committee in Abuja and we equally advise you to do the same and await the outcome and recommendation of this important committee which we promised to abide with. If implemented, â€œwe sincerely hope that the ghost of this crisis would permanently be put to restâ€, they advised.