•Sets Up Reconciliatory Committee
Leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Osun State has been in utter confusion in recent times, as solution eludes the party hierarchy on how to bring the various factions of the party together with a view to creating problems for the current administration in the state.
The party was factionalised at the tail-end of the Governor Olagunsoye Oyinlola-led administration in 2010, before it was ousted by the Court of Appeal that sat in Ibadan, which further deepened the festering crisis in the party. However, the ascension of Barrister Sunday Ojo-Williams to the post of Acting Chairman of the party in the state, was perceived as an insult in some quarters within the party, with the feelings that he lacks the qualifications to lead the party and unite its various warring factions.
Since the inauguration of Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola’s administration in the state, the party had hardly taken a common stance on issues regarding the state and the party affairs, even in its capacity as an opposition party.
Sources within the party revealed that the major hurdle currently facing the party remains that of trust, the medium reliably gathered.
According to the source, the PDP chieftains had initially thought that Aregbesola would adopt violence in dealing with members of the party in a bid to avenge the violence unleashed on him and members of his party during the struggle to reclaim his mandate. However, Aregbesola showed maturity and embraced them, thereby appealing to their sentiment and further made it difficult for the party to have an excuse to rally against his administration.
The PDP, according to findings, is in confusion as an opposition party in the state, especially at a time when members of the party in Ile-Ife and Ede, the party’s stronghold while in power, are beneficiaries of the present government’s large-heartedness.
It was gathered that a former chairman of the party in the state had since distanced himself from the plan of the party to use students and health workers, who were on strike, to destabilize the state.
Furthermore, leaders and members of the party knew that the crisis before the Federal Government is beyond giving a crisis-ridden party any support against a ruling party in the state.
Checks further showed that some members of the party are planning to desert the PDP for another party, ahead of the forthcoming local government elections in the state. The party, according to a reliable source, has inaugurated a reconciliatory committee headed by the former chairman of Osun State Broadcasting Commission (OSBC), Dr. Yemi Farounbi, to bring all the warring factions together.
Though the task is a daunting one, but the party is not relenting, as it is said to be very much interested in reviving all its secretariats across the state, which had gone into oblivion since the inception of the administration of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) in the state.
Part of the task of the committee was to bring back all the PDP chieftains that had since abandoned the party, even before the verdict of the court, as a result of governorship ambition that tore the party apart, because of the support a particular candidate enjoyed from the ousted governor.