South-West Peoples Democratic Party appoints Oyinlola as reconciliation committee chairman

Segun Showunmi in Ibadan

The South-West leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Thursday harped on the need for unity and cohesion in the party, stating that the zone remains strategic to the party if it must win election at the national level.

Penpushing reports that in view of this, the party appointed former Governor of Osun State, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola to chair South-West Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) reconciliation committee

The leadership of the party during a meeting at the Government House, Agodi, Ibadan  called on the national leadership of the party to bring all aggrieved factions in the party together,and after the meeting a communiqué was issued.

Penpushing further reports that the communiqué appointed a five-man reconciliation committee headed by Oyinlola, which was charged with the responsibility to unite all factions in the geopolitical zone.

The communiqué also resolved that zonal executive positions of the party should be zoned to all states of the South-West, adding that it has become imperative for the party to unite ahead future elections across the zone.

“We the leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the South-West geopolitical zone held a meeting at the Government House, Agodi, Ibadan, today, November 12, 2020;, the communiqué stated.

“The meeting, which was presided over by the Governor of Oyo State, His Excellency, Engr. Seyi Makinde, discussed the need for unity and cohesion in the party in our geopolitical zone and across the country and the need to exercise caution on the proposed move to clampdown on social media by the All Progressives Congress (APC-led) Federal Government.

“After a careful appraisal of the political developments in the South-West, the urgent need to unite the PDP in the geopolitical zone and to ensure that all aggrieved members come together to build a great Party, we do hereby resolve as follow: That a 5-man Committee be set up to reconcile all aggrieved and warring factions in the South-West PDP in order to bring about peace and unity in the Party.

“The Committee is to be chaired by former Governor Olagunsoye Oyinlola, with Chief Saka Balogun, Chief (Mrs.) Kofoworola Bucknor-Akerele, Ambassador Omolade Oluwateru and Barr. Olayinka Kukoyi as members.

“That the 10 Zonal Executive Posts be zoned to all states of the South-West as follow: Zonal Chairman (Oyo State), Zonal Secretary (Lagos State), Zonal Publicity Secretary (Ekiti State), Zonal Organising Secretary (Ondo State), Zonal Financial Secretary (Osun State), Zonal Youth Leader (Osun State), Zonal Legal Officer (Ogun State), Zonal Treasurer (Ogun State), Zonal Women Leader (Oyo State) and Zonal Auditor (Lagos State)’.

“The meeting also resolved that, in the spirit of fairness and equity, additional slots of ex-officio members be given to Ekiti and Ondo states in view of the fact that they would occupy only one office each in the zone.”

The party leaders used the occasion to call on the Federal Government and the National Assembly not to go-ahead with the proposed clampdown on social media, saying the move will infringe on Nigerians’ freedom of expression.

Penpushing also reports that Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) however called on the Federal Government to strengthen existing laws to prevent the abuse of the freedom of expression.

The party leaders in attendance, include Governor Seyi Makinde, former Governors of Osun and Ekiti States, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola and Engr. Segun Oni as well as members of the Board of Trustees of the party, and party chairmen from the states, among others

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