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Abandon Your Bickering And Come Back Home—Oyelese Tells The Aggrieved Group
FORMER Minister for Mines and Steel and a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Elder Wole Oyelese has described the agitation of the party aggrieved leaders in the state as a joke and childish, urged them to return to governor Makinde before it too late.
Elder Oyelese in a press release made available to westerndailynews on Thursday evening said the group accusing governor Makinde of scheming to take the structure of the party should not be something to worry about, as party structure is already solidly with him except where someone is fooling somebody that he has a magic to perform come 2023.
He also pointed that, the aggrieved leaders are just using media to hype the situation within the Oyo PDP as there is no much to worry about in the party.
release read :
ABANDON YOUR BICKERING AND COME BACK HOME;
Oyelese tells the aggrieved group.
Much as I had thought I would not have to address the aggrieved group again before they get the message and do what is right, events of the past day or two have made me to change this stand. A decent first reaction to the display at the Jogor centre was to regard it all as childish tantrums and thus ignore it. However the paid advert addressed to the National Working Committee and other echelons of our party at the national level needs to be addressed not so much for content or depth which it lacks, but so that no one is deceived.
One thing that stands out so clearly in the message and which gladens my heart is that no one has accused Governor Seyi Makinde of not performing. This singular observation despite the obvious but needless bitterness exhibited by the group should make all party loyalists and even the Governor himself proud of himself and our great party. The aggrieved group themselves should be proud of their Governor.
May I at this stage advise that in future the aggrieved group and any other group or persons who may have an axe to grind do not throw caution to the wind in theway the person of the Governor is addressed. Let us as a people always remember the wise counsel of our elders that a person should never sell his relation cheaply as a fortune may not be sufficient to reclaim him later. There is no need to disparage people to get what you want. Anger or frustration should not be an excuse for doing or saying untoward things. The members of
the group themselves know that those statements they made are not true. It is a case of calling a dog a bad name simply to hang it.
The group accuses the Governor of scheming to take over the party structure. This in itself is ridiculous. Take over the party structure from who? Of course the party structure is solidly with him except where someone is fooling somebody that he has a magic to perform come 2023. The truth is that all loyal members of the party have accepted Governor Seyi Makinde as leader and this is undisputed. By the grace of God he has done the party proud in this first half of his first term and this holds great promises for the future.
Reading through the group’s message, it is quite clear that several euphemisms have been used to describe the same problem thus making it appear as if there is an hydra-headed problem in Oyo PDP whereas there is no such thing.
The group accuses the Governor of purchasing nomination forms for everyone when they cannot deny the fact that someone who says he wants to be governor also procured forms for the aggrieved group. By the way, this is possible because Governor Makinde waved aside his special privilege which the party offered all sitting Governors so no one can accuse him of anything in Oyo state. The insinuation that PDP is OMITUNTUN is mere hog wash. I don’t know the percentage of party men who belong to OMITUNTUN which in any case is a voluntary group the Governor formed some fourteen years ago and has never been a criteria for anything I know of. I don’t belong to OMITUNTUN and I know several leaders don’t, but are the people in that group not staunch members of the PDP? OMITUNTUN definitely is not the issue.
I don’t know since when a Local Organising Committee for any event at all became a new thing. We are all used to LOC as the body that prepares the ground for the people coming to make things work at an event or on a project. The LOC will definitely not be involved in the real exercise, so what is the noise all about except for fear of failure. The aforementioned are some of the issues raised but which are really no issues or at least not the real issue.
I want to appeal to the aggrieved group to stop ridiculing their party and giving her a bad name by spreading damaging lies because of demand for patronage. There is no iota of truth in the story of Oyo state being a killing field during the last local government elections and these people know it. There should indeed be a limit to political rascality if that is one.
The group accuses the Governor of marginalisation
and maltreatment. Those words are euphemisms for chop, stomach or pocket empowerment. Talking about some people reaping where they have not sown is just another way of demanding for unfettered access to His Excellency hoping it will make them have more of the pie.
Then the aggrieved group came with the greatest fake news of the year of the possibility of our serious-minded Governor joining the APC. With the enormity of the task of uniting and delivering the South West to the PDP, where is the idea of switching party coming from? In fact this suggestion alone proves me right that the whole agitation is a joke and the main issue is what the Governor has already promised and which I believe he will soon deliver.
I therefore appeal to all well meaning members of the party to exercise a little patience for the Governor to deliver.
I call on the aggrieved people to stop all bickering and come back home to join their compatriots. No one should be fooled in to the ridicule of a parallel congress. Those desperate about parallel congress have their hidden agenda which must not be allowed to fly. It is not too late to do the right thing by supporting this forward looking administration.
I call on the national leadership of our party to disregard the content of the paid advert which is actually a means by the sponsors to arm twist the Governor. The leadership should instead give Governor Seyi Makinde all the support he needs to surmount the enormous task of delivering the south west to our great party.
The PDP is one united family in Oyo state which will come out stronger in the months ahead.