The Oyo State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has denied cracks in the party despite the uproar that the party is replete with crises, attributing the uproar to the imagination of the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC).
Speaking with the Tribune Online, on Monday, the publicity secretary of the party in the state, Mr Akeem Olatunji, discarded the insinuation that the party and the government of the state are not working in synergy.
According to Olatunji, the APC in the state appeared divided owing to the leadership vacuum created by the demise of the former governor of the state, Senator Abiola Ajimobi.
Commending the leadership of the PDP in the state and the leadership style of the state governor, Mr Seyi Makinde, Olatunji stated, however, that the setting up of the Oyo PDP reconciliation committee by Governor Makinde was meant to reposition the party for future elections, saying that there is no perfect system anywhere in the world.
Olatunji said, “Now, to reposition the party, we have to do the exercise holistically and that is the committee, held by Dr Saka Balogun, was doing. In fact, those in the opposition party still marvel that our party is waxing in the state. The party is more or less a rebranded one and our government is giving it back to the people. We want to make Oyo PDP a model of a traditional party.
“In any system, there are times that you need to re-gig efforts and we are doing that. Let me tell you that those people that many people may think are aggrieved in the party are the ones championing the causes of the party here and there. You talk of the likes of Alhaji Adebisi Olopoeniyan, Honourable Akande-Adeola, and so on. Where are the crises coming from? HonourableMulikat Akande-Adeola, as one of the leaders, is solidly behind the party and the government of the state.
“Recently, she donated two buses to the party in Ogbomoso and another car gift to a grassroots politician and social media influencer, Afeez Opeyemi. I also learnt that she intends to give out ten more buses for the party’s use in Oyo North senatorial district. This shows that the party is in order.”
Establishing that party is developing and about to welcome thousands of defectors, Olatutunji maintained, “As a party, we are under the leadership of Governor Makinde and Alhaji Omokunmi Mustapha as the chairman of the party. All our local government and ward chapters are one indivisible entity.”
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