By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
National Vice Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) South West, Ambassador Taofeek Arapaja on Tuesday alerted that the incessant crisis rocking the party is now a major threat to its success in the coming elections in 2023.
Ambassador Arapaja raised the alarm in Ibadan during a meeting with some of the aggrieved PDP stakeholders in Oyo State, warning that continuation of the crisis will amount to an advanced way of writing invitation letter to 2011 experience for the party in the state.
The aggrieved PDP stakeholders at the meeting included Alhaji Bisi Olopoeyan, Alhaji Nureni Akanbi, Hon. Femi Babalola, Malam Yusuf and Michael Ogunlade.
Ambassador Arapaja emphasized that in as much as Nigerians are eagerly waiting for PDP to form the next government that will bring succour to them and that at this point, ” the only thing needed for us is to chat a way forward to put an end to this lingering crisis.” .
“It’s imperative that we all put our hands on deck for the success of the party as it would be absolutely wrong to continue experiencing crisis in our domiciled state. If this trend continues, it’s advanced way of writing invitation letter to 2011 experience” he said.
The PDP National Vice Chairman pointed out that ” though, grievances, conflicts and misunderstanding are unavoidable in human institution, the ability to manage ourselves is very essential and it’s a best way to describe family affairs.”
Ambassador Arapaja noted that the time has come for PDP leaders and stakeholders to give peace a chance in Oyo state and even beyond for the party to forge ahead.
He however tasked all the aggrieved PDP leaders at the meeting to appreciate that one of them from the late ” Lamidi Adedibu political orientation is today occupying the position of National Vice Chairman of the party,” and that all hands must be on deck to protect the interest of the late strongman of Ibadan politics, Alhaji Lamidi Adedibu and the need to avoid anything that could cause acrimony should be totally discouraged.
Engineer Femi Babalola, Alhaji Bisi Olopoeyan and Alhaji Nureni Akanbi while responding expressed displeasure at the Governor Seyi Makinde’s styles of leadership in Oyo state, saying the governor has not been handling the party’s affairs fairly as expected and that the governor has refused to listen to their grievances since inception.
They disclosed that they have decided to retract some of their moves to embark on plans which could have polarised the party because of Ambassador Taofeek Arapaja’s status and timely intervention.
The aggrieved Oyo PDP Stakeholders then expressed their readiness to embrace peace and genuine reconciliation once the Governor is ready to come to terms with them and critically look into matter of concerned.
On the entourage of Ambassador Arapaja are Chief Mrs Mutiyat Olayinka Ladoja, Alhaja Bose Adedibu, Hon. Adedoja Abiodun Ekolo, Hon. Fatai Adeshina, Hon. Dele Ojo among others.