By Dapo Akinrefon
ONE of the APC aspirants in Surulere local government area, Dotun Olaribigbe has explained why aggrieved aspirants decided to sheathe their swords in the interest of the party.
Olaribigbe said he decided to support the candidate as a vice chairman as a means of resolving the crisis that erupted in Surulere local government area after the conduct of local government primary.
He said: “I just want to put Surulere in a better perspective because the reality is that a lot of people did not really understand what happened. After our leader made the pronouncement at Acme road that some local government chairmen including Surulere should return for second term, though it was a painful thing however, we loyal party members decided to comply with the directive. The G-13 made up of aspirants decided to come together when we were told to go and lead the campaign team in the local government. We started doing that before the issue of the vice-chairman came up. The directive was that leaders in the local government areas should go back to their respective council areas and work to ensure that a vice chairman emerges from the aspirants that collected forms for the primary. That was what I heard at Acme.
We acknowledge Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila as our own leader in Surulere here, at that point we expected him to come down and sit with us on the matter, but unfortunately, there was a major breakdown in communication.
“After the unfortunate incident, we then had a meeting with Gbajabiamila, at the meeting; he was able to articulate his own position which in all fairness, there is nothing wrong with it.
“It is unfortunate that we had the meeting at that time because the meeting being held then should have come earlier before the crisis. He explained the situation that the former chairman they asked him to return was then with the same man as vice-chairman and it is a joint ticket.
So what is good for the goose is good for the gander. I believe in superior arguments, then we apologised to each other for the break down in communication because as a leader, he is expected to carry us along.”
He apologised for that and we apologised to him for the embarrassment. Since then we have moved forward. I am a pragmatic human being, the only thing is that when you are bring people, they must be people with proven integrity. There is nothing wrong with a leader coming to do a grand work in the local government area as supposed to bringing somebody from somewhere and cause confusion in the system. As a leader, you must bring somebody that is known and loved in the community. Our democracy is evolving and we shall get there one day.”