Chairman of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Adamu Mu’azu, has made a passionate appeal to former president Olusegun Obasanjo to put the past behind him and work for the success of the party.
Mu’azu, who said Obasanjo’s contribution was needed for the party to record huge success in 2015, also urged the South-West Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leaders to reconcile with the former president in the interest of the party in the region.
Speaking in Abuja during a reconciliatory meeting of PDP members from the South-West, Mu’Azu said PDP would take back its lost strongholds in 2015, but hinged the desired success on unity among party members.“ Under my watch, we shall reward loyal party members. I will not circumvent the rules and loyalty will be our watchword without fear or favour.
“I beg you, you (South-West PDP leaders) should go and see Baba in Abeokuta. He is our father and that is how God wants it. I beg you, go and see him,” Mu’azu pleaded. The reconciliation par-ley which drew political giants of the PDP from the South-West, was not without drama as old grievances resurfaced.
The National Vice Chairman of the party (South-West), Kashamu Buruji, openly refused to exchange pleasantries with his predecessor, Segun Oni.
The absence of the former national secretary of the party, Olagunsoye Oyinlola and a governor-ship aspirant in the forth-coming Osun gubernatorial election, Iyiola Omisore further, cast doubts on the ability of the party in the region to reconcile its ag-grieved members.
The PDP Board of Trustees (BoT) Chairman, Chief Tony Anenih, who was among the key dignitaries at the parley, noted that with the calibre of Yoruba political actors and the desires they radiated for PDP at the meeting, he was rest assured that the party would soon regain the South-West.
Anenih blamed the loss of the zone by PDP on internal wrangling among the leaders, and he charged the PDP leaders in the region to close ranks for the benefit of the party in future elections.
Anenih said for the party to regain the lost grounds in the South-West, every serving minister from the zone would henceforth take over the leadership role by ensuring proper coordination and funding of the party in the zone.