By Dapo Akinrefon
SPOKESMAN, Elderâ€™s Council of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ogun State, Dr Doyin Okupe has explained why the scheduled reconciliation meeting between the two warring factions ended in a stalemate.
It would be recalled that the crisis rocking the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ogun State nose-dived as six members of the reconciliation committee, including Senator Iyabo Obasanjo-Bello and Dr. Doyin Okupe stormed out of the reconciliation meeting with Governor Olugbenga Daniel over alleged harassment of Senator Obasanjo-Bello.
But the state government has since said there was no physical assault of any sort on Senator Iyabo Obasanjo Bello or anybody present at the meeting held in Abeokuta.
Dr Okupe, who addressed newsmen in Lagos over the weekend, said â€œIt is not that we walked out. The circumstances that prevailed immediately before the incident, made it obvious to us that the atmosphere was no longer conducive to hold a peaceful meeting.
According to him, â€œThe meeting commenced and it was observed that Governor Danielâ€™s group came with 13 people as opposed to seven, but the governor insisted that the 13 would stay.
The bone of contention between our group, one of the major pillar of disagreement was the legitimacy of the party structure as it existed in Ogun State. So, if that was in question, you cannot bring the chairman of the party and the secretary, to now come and sit in the same meeting where we want to discuss them”.
The issue was raised which I think was a very valid point. It was not that we walked out, the atmosphere was not conducive enough for any further meaningful discussion. That was it.â€
On how peace will return to the Ogun PDP, he said â€œwe will resolve the crisis in Ogun PDP at all cost even if it means us receiving insults from different quarters.â€
He explained further that though, Senator Iyabo Obasanjo-Bello â€œwas assaulted, the only thing that we did was that we had to struggle, we were trying to open the door because the security were under instruction not to allow us to get out. That was what happened.â€