…says ‘with unity, party’s victory certain’
Ahead of the forthcoming governorship election in Osun State, the member representing Obokun / Oriade Federal Constituency of Osun State, Dr Busayo Oluwole Oke, has appealed to all the aggrieved party members in the state to sheathe their swords and work as a strong force to ensure a total victory for the party in future elections.
In a statement made available to newsmen entitled, “Allow Peace, Unity in Osun PDP” the lawmaker, who is also the Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Public Accounts, called on Senator Francis Adenigba Fadahunsi, the only Senator on the platform of the PDP in Osun State to quickly rise to the challenge and unite all the aggrieved factions in the state in the interest of all the stakeholders.
He equally counseled that Senator Fadahunsi, being the only Senator on the platform of the party in Osun State, should automatically be the leader of the party in the state while by tradition, practice and convention, Senator Ademola Adeleke, being the gubernatorial candidate of the party in the 2019 election, ought to have been adopted for the coming election, except he declines such adoption.
According to Oke, “In the interest of our great party, PDP, I’m appealing to all feuding factions in Osun State Peoples Democratic Party to sheathe their swords, embrace peace, so that the party’s bright chances will not be scuttled and its resounding goodwill will not be squandered in the forthcoming Osun governorship election.
“Senator Francis Adenigba Fadahunsi as the only Senator on the platform of the party in Osun State, which ultimately makes him the leader of the party in the state while by tradition, practice and convention, Senator Ademola Adeleke, being the erstwhile gubernatorial candidate of the party in the 2019 election, he ought to have been adopted, save for if he declines such adoption.”
He pointed out that there was no better time than now for all party chieftains, stalwarts and stakeholders to come together and nip in the bud the looming disaster waiting to consume the party due to selfish interest of some members, but which must not be allowed to happen.
While stating the advantageous position of Senator Fadahunsi’s emergence from the Ijesaland to unite the party, the lawmaker appealed that Senator Fadahunsi should bring his weight, position and office to bear and genuinely reconcile all the factions.
Oke, who noted with pride that for the first time in the history of the party in the state three top Executive members came from Ijesaland – (South West National Vice Chairman, State Chairman and State Public Relations Officer), saying that once all the aggrieved party members were able to resolve their differences amicably, future elections would favour the party.
He advised that as a first step for permanent peace, all members having pending court cases against the party to withdraw them immediately in the interest of peaceful reconciliation, stressing, “Every party faithful stands to reap bountifully if the PDP wins the forthcoming governorship election in the state and that the Ife/ Ijesa zone might even clinch the deputy governorship ticket of the party.”
The lawmaker also appealed to all stakeholders to prevail on merchants of rancour wishing to latch on to Hon Olusoji Adagunodo’s previous legal battles to settle scores to desist.
According to him, “The development is a needless distraction that will not do anyone any good at this point in time, instead of bandying petitions about, all hands should be on deck and geared towards efforts at winning the forthcoming governorship election in the state and at the Federal level.”
He appreciated all party leaders, members and the stakeholders in Obokun Oriade Federal Constituency for their loyalty and steadfastness in ensuring the party maintained its stronghold.