‘Why Oyo PDP remains divided’

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Jun 1st, 2014
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Oyo State Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chieftain Elder Wole Oyelese has said the division among members will continue until the right thing is done by the national leadership.

Oyelese told The Nation in Ibadan that the national leadership needs to organise new congresses to accomodate the four factions in the state party.

He said the alternative solution is to harmonise the factions to give all members a sense of belonging.

The former Minister of Power and Steel lamented that rather than do the right thing, the national leadership is supporting one group.

He said: “There are four factions. The national leadership is handicapped because the people who have access to it have something to hide. Of course they will not tell the national leadership the truth. Somebody who is not on ground wants the national leadership to believe that he controls the politics of Oyo State.

“Of course, they have deceived the national leadership as much as they want, but the truth will prevail. When the truth is known, PDP will be liberated. I am a firm believer in the fact that if the right thing is done within a week, PDP will bounce back in Oyo state.

“The right thing is to either have a fresh congresses beginning at the ward level or have a thorough harmonisation of positions. What some of the people sitting in one corner are doing won’t work. You don’t do harmonisation like that. Any harmonisation that does not involve party leaders is not harmonisation. Any harmonisation in which a few people want to dictate, even when nobody made them our leaders in Oyo State, won’t work. So if harmonisation cannot work, then we should have fresh congresses.

“They always tell us that fresh congresses would tear the party apart. No, it won’t. As a matter of fact, it would make it stronger. The more you prevent internal democracy from working in political parties, the more problems you are going to have because a man whose property was stolen will continue to shout until the thief is caught. If the thief refuses to surrender what he has stolen, people know what to do with the thief. So politically, the party would either listen to the majority and go along with them or risk the consequences of not allowing internal democracy.”

Oyelese was among graduands at Babcock University in Ogun State at the weekend. He bagged a Ph.D in Political Science.

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