A faction of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Ogun State known to be loyalists of ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo, on Monday said it has set up a reconciliation committee to meet with the other factions of the party in the state and submit its report to the leadership in one week time.
This was made known by a former state chairman of the party, Joju Fadairo, who led the team, known as mainstream PDP, at a press conference held in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital.
Fadairo also debunked the insinuation that his group had defected to the opposition All Progressives Congress, APC, saying they were yet to get such a directive from the former president.
However, some loyalists of the former president, including the former state chairman of his faction of the party, Oladipo Odujinrin, and sacked PDP National Auditor, Bode Mustapha, recently defected to the APC. They have also taken part in several functions of their new party.
Mr. Fadairo, however, said selected leaders of the party met and resolved to remain in the PDP. He expressed confidence that all the factions of the party would work together to ensure the success of the party in the state in the 2015 elections.
“You’ll have heard that they said the mainstream people who are in baba’s (Obasanjo) camp had gone to APC. We have not gone to APC. Baba did not say go to APC. Baba is in PDP and we want to disabuse the minds of the people who are saying people who are with Obasanjo mainstream have gone to APC. That is the essence of this meeting.
“All our members are here, those who have defected, I don’t know about them. We are adults and this is a democracy and anybody who wants to pitch camp with any party should do so. But for clarity purpose, we called this meeting and we are saying we in mainstream are still in the PDP. We have said that there is a committee that is set up so that we can talk to all concerned and make our party solid”.
The PDP chieftain said his group resolved to “ensure that all factions of the party in the state should fuse together for strength. Therefore, we request the national body of our party to intervene and do the needful.
“A reconciliation committee to work with the other factions was set up and will work immediately and report back to the house within the next seven days.
“We affirm our unflinching support for the leadership of our party in person of Alhaji Muazu and President Ebele Goodluck Jonathan, GCFR.
“We also affirm that we remain in PDP and will continue to work for the unity and success of the party come 2015”, he said.