Two former governors of Oyo State – Rashidi Ladoja and Adebayo Alao-Akala – were represented at a parley of some Oyo and Osun chieftains of the Peoples Democratic party (PDP) with National Caretaker Chairman Ahmed Makarfi in Abuja yesterday.
Senator Femi Lanlehin told the meeting that he was representing Ladoja.
Mr. Wale Ohu said he stood in for ALao-Akala.
It was the clearest indication that Ladoja, who left the PDP to become the promoter of Accord party and Alao-Akala, who defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC), might be on their way back to the PDP.
Former Senate Deputy Chief Whip Senator Hosea Agboola told our correspondent that the two former governors had agreed to rejoin the PDP
Agboola said: “Yes, I can confirm to you that the two former governors have agreed to return to the PDP. They said they are coming but they have not come yet”.
Some of the other PDP leader at the parley awere: Senators Iyiola Omisore, Akinlabi Olasunkanmi, Senator Olu Alabi, Senator Femi Fani-Kayode, Senator Lanlehin and Senator Agbooola, among others
Makarfi cautioned party members against the culture of impunity, for the party to make progress.
Warning against cutting corners to achieve ambitions, the party chair said such actions could be counterproductive, stressing that the culture of impunity was partly responsible for the party’s past crises.
He said: “We must stop cutting corners. We live in a high litigious society. When you cut corners thinking that nobody will see you, a lot of people have seen you. At a time you least expect, somebody will drag you to court again. Therefore, what is worth doing is worth doing well”.
Stating that internal wrangling could only weaken the PDP, Makarfi said nobody stands to gain from disunity.
“We are not in politics to suffer but (to) form government. PDP was the dominant party but internal crises caused us to lose the election”, he added.
He stressed the need to consolidate the party’s recent victory at the Supreme Court by doing the right thing all the time.
Makarfi said: “Political victory means expanding the scope of the party, reconciling with the reconcilable and attracting members into the party that will enable us regain political power at the centre by overwhelming majority,” he stated.
“Some of us that have been occupied by power acquisition, whether they are in the party or they are contemplating to come into the party, ?they are more glued to the acquisition of political power, that can derail the party.
“Let’s build a strong and virile political party. Let there be a level playing field for people to freely choose who they want to present as party’s candidates. That is the surest way to get to power come 2019. That is what internal democracy entails.
“While opening our doors wide to all and sundry, the party must be conscious that the structure must not be compromised in a way that diminishes the enthusiasm.
“I will stick to the party guidelines and constitution in doing whatever we do. We must consult on fundamental issues, use consensus as much as possible and move forward”.
The party chairman assured the gathering of neutrality, objectivity and transparency in the running of the affairs of the party by entrenching the culture of inclusiveness.
Makarfi enjoined those shopping for platforms to feed their political ambitions rather than building the party to have a rethink.