In spite of reports of parallel ward congress of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) held yesterday in most of the 351 wards of the 33 local government areas of Oyo State, the Chairman, PDP Ward Congress and Deputy Governor of Edo State, Phillip Shaibu, declared that there was no parallel congress witnessed anywhere in the State.
Though the Chief Press Secretary (CPS) of Governor Seyi Makinde, Mr Taiwo Adisa, said that no parallel congress was recorded, even though he heard that some chieftains of the party who are aggrieved declared that they held parallel congresses in some zones of the state, he reported that his boss had called for unity among members, asking all the aggrieved members to give room for resolution.
The governor, who spoke at Ward 11, Ibadan North East Local Government, said that he was happy that the people of Oyo State were excited about the party in the state. He said: “I see excitement with the people. They want to be participants in the democratic process to select their leaders to run the affairs of the party at the ward level. So, for me, it is democracy in action.
And also, with the fact that we have been in government slightly above two years now, the people are still excited about their party. It is something that calls for celebration for us. “Well, the exercise today went peacefully. I expect other congresses to be peaceful as well. Everywhere around the state, the people are excited because they are getting dividends of democracy.
So, I believe the excitement is all over the state”, the governor said. He tasked members of the PDP to stay united, adding that the time has come for the aggrieved members to bring their grievances to the table for amicable resolution. He added: “For the PDP members in Oyo State, I want to ask them to stay unified because we can do quite a lot in unity.
And for some who are angry or aggrieved, let them bring their issues to the table, we will address them. Politics is about conflict and resolution of conflict within interaction of people”. The governor maintained that the PDP has come to stay in the state, adding that the party will soon take power at the Federal level.
“So, we are not ruling out making overtures to them and getting them also to be a part of this process. This is because PDP is here to stay in Oyo State and the PDP is also poised to take over power at the Federal level. So, you don’t leave a winning team,” Makinde said.
Noting that the Congress was peaceful Shuiab, said: “So far, so good, all the talks of having a parallel election have not been noticed and what is key today is that the process has been peaceful. No report of any violence anywhere and that is one thing we have been afraid of since yesterday.
The party will settle all internal issues among its members amicably. Interestingly, all through the night, we were having discussions and phone calls to some of them that felt aggrieved. We will settle our internal issues and I am happy that we are already discussing. We are here to do the right thing and to conduct a free, fair and credible Congress”, the PDP Congress Chairman said.