By Kolade Larewaju, Abeokuta
Ogun State Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP), reconciliatory meeting, called yesterday at the instance of former President Olusegun Obasanjo, was said to have ended inconclusive but with an eight-member committee set up to look into the areas of differences and harmonise positions.
The committee, with Senator Ayo Otegbola as chairman, have as members: Speaker of the House of Assembly, Mr. Tunji Egbetokun; factional Speaker, Mr. Soyemi Coker; former Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Sarafa Ishola; member of the House of Representatives, Mr. Dave Salako, Mr. John Obafemi and Prince Wole Otenaike.
The meeting lasted over two hours.
The meeting was said to have been well attended by the two factions with Governor Olugbenga Daniel leading one group and Minister of Industry, Senator Jubril Martins-Kuye, leading the other. Also in attendance were members of the G15 lawmakers led by Egbetokun and the G11 led by Coker.Obasanjo was said to have in his opening remarks told the gathering that he summoned the meeting to find a solution to the problem within the party and to ensure that there was a lasting peace before the forthcoming elections.
After his departure, impeccable sources told Sunday Vanguard that it was virtually impossible to resolve the area of differences as each group was said to have stuck to its position, prompting the setting up of the committee comprising members of the two factions.
Otegbola, though on Gov. Daniel’s side, was said to have been chosen as chairman of the committee because of his age and closeness to Obasanjo.
A member of the House of Assembly who was at the meeting, however, told Sunday Vanguard that the “meeting was deadlocked because nothing really came out of it.’’