Osun 2014: Olasunkanmi’s Group Faults PDP’s Reconciliation Approach

From Timothy Agbor/OSOGBO

Following the reconciliation style adopted by the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) after Senator Iyiola Omisore’s emergence as the party’s candidate in the April 5 governorship primary, the campaign organization of Senator Olasunkanmi Akinlabi, a gubernatorial aspirant of PDP has faulted the party’s reconciliatory approach saying it is not all inclusive.

The organization rising from meeting of all its coordinators and supporters from the 30 local government councils of the state held in Ode-Omu on Friday May 2nd 2014, frowned at what it called slow pace of reconciliation in the party.

A communiqué signed and issued by the Director of Media and Strategy of the organization, Mr. Ayo Aluko Olokun contained the group’s dissatisfaction stating that all its complaints and appeal over the flawed ward congresses which led to a premeditated outcome at the primary election were yet to be attended to by the PDP both at the national and state levels.

“The campaign frowned at the strategy and the slow pace of reconciliation of the governorship aspirants and their supporters noting that this may hamper the prospect of the Party working together at full capacity to achieve victory at the August 9, governorship election,” the group said.

It warned that other strategic option may be adopted towards the forthcoming governorship election if early resolutions of the issues stated are not reached quickly.

While restating its commitment to remain in the PDP while pursuing the quests for justice, fairness and internal democracy within the party, the group noted that reconciliation of all the governorship aspirants and their supporters with the party should have procedurally taken place before the “unveiling” of the governorship candidate, if truly the party was sincere with its vouched reconciliation move.

“We wish to observe that the impression being created inadvertently is that, with or without the other governorship aspirants and their supporters, the PDP would win the governorship election. This is a dangerous assumption that could only lead to dismal performance at the polls.

“We also wish to warn that the harassment and threats to discipline some members of the party and local executive committee members who did not support a particular aspirant in the primary election will be counter productive and may further divide the party down the line,” the group maintained.

While addressing the meeting, Senator Olasunkanmi appealed to his restive supporters to exercise some patience and allow a little more time for the party to resolve the issues raised amicably before taking any further steps.

He appreciated them for their loyalty and support. He urged them to continue to be loyal PDP members while sustaining the meeting of the groups down to the ward level.

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