Plans are underway to reconcile warring political parties and their candidates as well as political gladiators ahead of the July 16 governorship election in the State of Osun.
The plans, according to reports, are being hatched by the founding fathers of the state in form of consultations and reconciliatory meetings.
Ambassador Diran Fagbohungbe, the convener of the movement in a statement on Saturday, said it was time to intervene in the ongoing controversies among leaders of the All progressives Congress (APC) led by Prince Famodun for one faction and Alhaji Salinsile in the second faction.
Fagbohungbe, who hinted that the meeting will hold in series, expressed displeasure in the sharp division permeating the two major politically parties even as the governorship election is two and half months away.
According to the statement, Ambassador Fagbohungbe said, “The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state is also having two factions and election is just two and a half months away.
“The state has been jumping from one political crisis to another since the state was created more than 30 years ago adding that the problems have spiritual connotations which demands the intervention of the founding fathers, elders and traditionalists who contributed during the founding years of the state at Ogbomosho in 1949 when she was known as Osun division till August 27 1991 when she was expanded to include IFE and IJESHA areas and became Osun State.
“We can no longer continue to watch our children to be fighting each other all the time and kept on wandering in the forest like sheep without Shepherd.
Also, Ambassador Fagbongbe disclosed that “the founding fathers will also hold meetings with all the 15 gubernatorial candidates jostling for the governorship election scheduled for July 16 2022. He said the state has not benefited from all the crises, political brouhaha, litigations, killings, arson, lootings unnecessary anxieties, sleepless nights which has characterised the political scenario of the state since the past two years. He said out of the six states being clamoured for in the Yoruba speaking areas in the 1980s it was only Osun State that was created in 1991.”
He described the state as a magical state with extraordinary events marking it’s foundation in 1949 and said the notion that political leaders were fighting for posts and money is just a smokescreen excuse as they don’t understand the origins of the problems.
He buttressed further that many of the 136 nations of the world have varying degrees of foundation problems and what elders and founding fathers do is to find solutions to their problems.
The chairman of the movement called on all the 15 governorship candidates and chairmen of all the political parties to be prepared to attend the peace meetings which will start in Osogbo soon.
He said the venue and time of the meetings would soon be announced and urged all the governorship aspirants to be ready to embrace the peace process.