By Dayo Johnson
AKUREâ€”AHEAD of the 2011 election in Ondo State, the opposition party, Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, yesterday called on its estranged and disillusioned members to return to the party.
The party became polarized immediately the Court of Appeal gave its judgment which sent Dr Olusegun Agagu-led administration packing.
One of the groups formed after the verdict, Unity Advancement Forum was led by Chief Segun Adegoke, a former Special Adviser to Dr Agagu, while another group, Revival Movement was led by a former Commissioner for Lands and Housing, Ayo Ifayefunmi and Mr Isaacs Kekemeke.
A statement at the end of the meeting of the PDP Revival Movement and signed by its chairman, Mr Ayo Ifayefunmi and the Secretary, Dr. Bode Iwaloye in Akure said the party should constitute a strong opposition in the state and have a strong membership base towards the 2011 elections.
The Faction noted that â€œsince politics is a game of number, there was the need for reconciliation of the estranged members that felt sidelined when the party was in power.
It reiterated its resolve to continue to rally support for the governorship aspiration of the former Commissioner for Finance in the state, Chief Tayo Alasoadura.
The group also called on the chairman of the party in the state, Dr. Tayo Dairo to live up to his responsibility as the chairman of a party that had transmuted from a party in government to an opposition party.
Formerly known as the PDP committee of friends, the group which comprises many of the co-founders and core leaders of the PDP, however, said it remained committed and loyal to the PDP.
According to the statement: â€œThe members of the PDP Revival Movement firmly believe in the PDP as a credible, plausible and veritable platform for achieving electoral victory in 2011 and beyond in Ondo State.
It, however, said being a party in opposition that was desirous of retaking power in the state, members should within the framework of constitutionality be allowed to express their political aspirations.
It therefore, urged members of the PDP to remain steadfast and be wary of the antics of the Labour Party, LP, to lure them into its fold.