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PDP NWC schedules fresh peace parley for Oyo gladiators

By Ola Ajayi
As a result of the botched meeting last week, the National Working Committee to broker peace in the lingering crisis within the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP in Oyo State has again summoned another meeting today where a decisive action on the crisis will be taken

An earlier attempts by the Committee to broker peace in the lingering crisis were futile as a result of alleged refusal of Governor Adebayo Alao-Akala to honour the invitation by the National Chairman of the party, Chief Ezekwesiele Nwodo.

Vanguard gathered that the NWC of the party had decided to implement the recommendation of the Ike Nwachukwu led reconciliation committee which said that there should be harmonization of all the groups.

But, Governor Alao-Akala has not recognized the implementation committee led by Mr. Yunus Akintunde who is a right hand man of his perceived political rival, Senator Rashidi Ladoja.

At the meeting which was summoned last week, Governor Alao-Akala was said to have sent a delegation led by the Secretary to the State government, Chief Layiwola Olakojo to represent him at what chieftains of the party considered as all important meeting that would have ended the perennial crisis rocking the party.

As gathered, the meeting was attended by the former Deputy National Chairman, South West, Alhaji Yekini Adeojo who is also the person that brought the party to the state, Senator Lekan Balogun, Elder Wole Oyelese, Senate Leader, Senator Teslim Folarin and many others.

It was further gathered that the absence of Governor Alao-Akala annoyed the leadership of the party which reported Governor Akala to the president.

The committee said it would not recognize the representatives sent by the governor.
Describing the action of the governor as great insubordination to the party, the founding member of the Peoples Democratic Party in Oyo State, Alhaji Yekini Adeojo has condemned alleged disrespect that Governor Adebayo Alao-Akala had shown to the national leadership of the party last week.

He said the unacceptable attitude was unbecoming of the governor who rode on the popularity of the party to climb to the highest position in the state.

The governor had allegedly shunned the invitation extended to him by the National Chairman of the party, Chief Ezekwesiele Nwodo and sent the Secretary to the State Government, Chief Layiwola Olakojo and one other to represent him.

The parley was said to have been initiated by Nwodo to find a lasting solution to the seeming uncontrollable crisis bedeviling the party in Oyo State.

Clarifying that he would not like to say anything unpleasant to the governor who he called his brother, Adeojo said it was bad for anyone who tried to arrogate himself and prove that he was more powerful than the party that brought him into limelight.

He said he would not mind to campaign for Governor Adebayo Alao-Akala if he wins in widely acceptable primaries but quickly added that the old state executive would have to be dissolved.

But, he said, for the governor to scale the hurdle of primaries would be an Herculean task as no previous governor in the state had performed such a feat before.

He said, “It is a taboo for Akala to say he wants to do it twice. Alao-Akala cannot do it twice. Chief Obafemi Awolowo, Chief Samuel Akintola and Chief Bola Ige who actually performed well did not succeed. Somehow, they all fell”.

While speaking with newsmen in his Iyanganku residence, a reserved politician said he would want all the warring parties to come together and harmonize.

The man who single handedly brought the PDP into the state said he was highly instrumental to the emergence of Governor Alao-Akala.

“If Akala emerges after the party leadership at the national has intervened and successfully harmonized all the groups, I will campaign for him. But, we are not going to primaries with those old Oyo state executives because they have been declared illegal by the INEC. The governor is not bigger than the party because it is the party that made him. If a party called him and he did not honour it, it shows he doesn’t have respect for the party” he stated.

He noted that the governor assumed too much power during the reign of the former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo.


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