Stalwarts of the “reunited” Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Oyo state on Wednesday held the maiden state executive meeting, the first after the successful reconciliation that brought back aggrieved members who had left the party.
The meeting was held at Premier Hotel, Ibadan.
In attendance were former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory ( FCT), Oloye Jumoke Akinjide , Senator Femi Lanlehin and aides of Senator Rashidi Ladoja amongst others. At the meeting, the time table for the party’s congresses slated to commence with ward congress on Saturday October 21, was released.
The party also fixed its local government councils congresses on Saturday October 28 while the state congress was slated for November 4, 2017.
The state caretaker chairman of the party, Hon. Tunde Akogun said the development will help the elected members of the party to take part in the forthcoming national congress.
He warned party members not to convene state level meetings of the party without the approval from the appropriate authority and approval.
Akogun vowed to do everything possible to see the party’s glory restored and acceptable to the masses, adding that he will ensure free, fair and transparent atmosphere to members in repositioning the party.
He said: “We will conclude our assignment by supervising the conduct of congress at the ward on Saturday, 21-10-17 while local government councils comes up on Saturday 28-10-17 and the state Saturday 04-11-2017 to enable our elected candidates vote at the national convention coming soon. Let me appeal to all of you to give us your sincere and fullest cooperation in order to finish the job successfully and as scheduled.
“Let me warn that on no account should anyone hold a PDP meeting at the state level without my approval as any such person(s) will be sanctioned.
“If we observe the disenchantment caused by recent avoidable controversies in the state, the chances of a united and virile PDP to win subsequent elections in Oyo State is very bright. On our part, the secretary and I will do everything possible to have a viable and active party which will be acceptable to the masses that will restore our lost glory even within this very limited time.
We will ensure a free, fair, transparent and conducive atmosphere to all members in order to reposition our great party for victory.”
Other party bigwigs who attended the meeting are former secretary to the state government, Chief Sarafadeen Alli, senator Ayo Adeseun, former governorship aspirants of the party, Engr Seyi Makinde, and Femi Babalola.
Also in attendance were Senator Gbenga Babalola, Elder Wole Oyelese, Hon. Mulikat Adeola Akande, Hon. Muraina Ajibola, Hon. Yemi Aderibigbe, Hon. Isiaka Adeola, Mr. Dotun Oyelade, and Hon. Kehinde Ayoola.