Reconciliation: South-west PDP endorses Oladipo as National Secretary

pdp logoBy Lawrence Olaoye

The South-west caucus of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has finally endorsed Professor Wale Oladipo as the National Secretary of the party.

By implication, Oladipo would be ratified as the National Secretary of PDP in the proposed National Convention of the party since opposition against him from his zone has finally been doused.

 It has been a long while since members of the PDP from southwest held a meeting in which members entered with the mind-set to forge a common endeavor aimed at promoting the political interest of the zone on all fronts.

Convener of the meeting, Chief Bode George, in his opening remarks sued for peace and understanding among the party leaders and members in the south west, stressing on the necessity for a bond anchored on the need for all to work in unison towards winning all south-west states in the 2015 general election.

 To demonstrate its seriousness about genuine reconciliation, the caucus resolved unanimously to present only the current PDP National Secretary, Professor Wale Oladipo for the post during the coming National Convention of the party.

The choice of Oladipo had hitherto split the PDP in the southwest amid plans to remove him from office by his co-contestants through a judicial process on allegations that his election was illegal.

 Both Chief Ebenizer Babatope and Professor Tunde Adeniran, two strong contenders for the post of PDP National Secretary boosted the spirit of reconciliation at the meeting when they withdrew their interest in the slot, thus endorsing Oladapo to continue in office.

 Both Babatope and Adeniran said their withdrawal of interest in the race for PDP National Secretary position was motivated by the initiative by the PDP south-west leadership caucus, which they said would promote the interest of the zone in the overall politics of the zone, if encouraged.

The governor-elect of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose in his remarks hailed the initiative by the meeting on reconciliation, stating that he was fully in support of the decision to endorse Oladipo as PDP National Secretary.

Fayose urged the leaders to brace up for the challenges of wining the remaining states of south-west starting from Osun state.

 The PDP candidate for the August 9 governorship election in Osun State, Senator Iyiola Omisore lauded the meeting for showing interest in re-invigorating PDP in the south-west.

While urging the leaders to take further steps on reconciling more aggrieved members including the former governor of the state, Olagunsoye Oyinlola, Omisore vowed to do all in his capacity to win Osun back for PDP.

 The PDP National Secretary who spoke last said he was humbled by the outcome of the meeting of reconciliation at the instance of the southwest PDP leaders.

 He vowed to put up an inspiring performance on behalf of the zone as the National Secretary of PDP.

 South West leaders at the meeting include Chief Ebenezer Babatope, Mrs Jumoke Akinjide, Ayodele Fayose, Hon Demeji Bankole, Kashamu Buruji, Hon Mulikat Akande, Chief Adeseye Ogunewe and Professor Tunde Adeniran.

Others in attendance include, Chief Adebayo Alao Akala, Chief Kola Balogun, Elder Wole Oyelese, Chief Erelu Obada, Senator Kila, Chief Adeyeye, Hon Titi Oseni, Chief Ade Fadahunsi, Hon Dave Salako, Chief Ade Otegbola and a host of others.

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