By JAMES EZEMA
As part of efforts to rebuild Nigeria’s main opposition party following the resolution of its leadership crisis, former Governors of Oyo State, Rashidi Ladoja and Christopher Alao Akala, were on Wednesday represented at a meeting of the state’s PDP stakeholders at the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) national secretariat, Wadata Plaza, Wuse, Abuja.
The reconciliation meeting was called by the National Caretaker Committee Chairman of the party, Senator Ahmed Makarfi.
The former Governors were represented by Senator Femi Lanlehin and Kareem Tajudeen. Ladoja and Akala are currently chieftains of the Accord Party and the All Progressives Congress (APC) respectively.
PDP’s National Publicity Secretary, Prince Dayo Adeyeye, in his opening remark, urged the Oyo PDP stakeholders to sheathe their swords in the interest of the party.
He stated that because the PDP went into the previous election in the sate as a divided party, the incumbent governor, Abiola Ajimobi won in the 2015 governorship election.
“The present governor is ruling with just 32 per cent of the vote cast because the PDP house was not in order. Let us make the PDP the winning party again because there’s no need to be in a party that is losing,” Adeyeye said.
Adeyeye also urged stakeholders of the party from Osun State who also visited the PDP secretariat, to put their house in order, adding that “We want to bring everybody together and it is clear that all those maintaining hard-line position will not take us anywhere.
“We are aware of all the facts, I want to appeal to all of you to be more united more than ever before.”
On his part, Senator Makarfi said that now that the Supreme Court has resolved the leadership crisis in the PDP, it was time to translate same to political success.
“We’ve gotten judiciary victory, we need to consolidate and translate it into political victory.
“Political victory means expanding the scope of the party, reconciling with the reconciliables and attracting members into the party that will enable us regain political power at the centre by overwhelming majority.
“What I don’t want is for one party to dominate. We want a healthy competitive democracy where people will freely choose their leaders.
“We must have a large heart, but having a large heart doesn’t mean that we will not be conscious of the role played by each and everyone of us”, he said.