By Henry Umoru
GOVERNOR Adebayo Alao-Akala of Oyo State, yesterday, shunned the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Dr. Okwesilieze Nwodo’s stakeholders’ meeting.
The meeting was summoned by the Nwodo-led National Working Committee, NWC, as part of moves to reconcile those involved in the lingering crisis in Oyo State.
According to him, it will be demeaning and insultive for him to attend a meeting with those he described as disgruntled elements, adding that he will not be fair to the founding fathers of the party if he does that.
The meeting which was tagged stakeholders’ meeting was designed by the NWC to have Alao-Akala and other factions in attendance, but the governor failed to attend, just as the other warring faction was represented.
NURTW storms PDP Secretariat
Meanwhile, members of the National Union of Road Transport Workers, NURTW, yesterday stormed the National Secretariat of the PDP to protest against the activities of the governor in the state, especially ahead of the 2011 general elections.
Present at yesterday’s stakeholders’ meeting were former Minister, Wole Oyelese, Yekini Adeojo, Hakeem Gbolarumi, Senator Lekan Balogun and Ambassador Yomi Akintola.
Contacted on the development, Special Adviser to Gov. Alao-Akala on Public Communications, Dotun Oyelade, said: ‘’We understand that some disgruntled so-called members of PDP Oyo State came to Abuja for a meeting to resolve issues.
“We insist that as far as Oyo is concerned, we are poised for the April election. In any case, the cat is already let out of the bag. The so-called leaders said it is a taboo for any governor to aspire to rule Oyo State twice as if a myopic norm is a product of the constitution.
“To grace such meetings with our presence is demeaning and an insult to the founding fathers of our great party. Let them fight the popularity battle here and not in Abuja.”