ACN’s days in Oyo numbered -PDP
…As feuding leaders unite
From YINKA FABOWALE, Ibadan
Monday, February 06, 2012

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Oyo State at the weekend served notice to the ruling Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) that the days of its hold on power are numbered, as its feuding leaders publicly united in a move to reposition the party for victory in future elections.
For the first time in a long while, leaders of the various factions of the erstwhile strife-torn party openly sat, chatted and sang together at a stakeholders’ conference aimed at cementing weeks of efforts at reconciling the feuding camps and recapture the state lost to the ACN in last year’s general elections.

The meeting, held at the banquet hall of the Premier Hotel, Ibadan and convened by the Minister of State for the Federal Capital Territory, Ms. Jumoke Akinjide, had in attendance her rival and former Senate Leader, Senator Teslim Folarin, Senator Lekan Balogun, former minister of Special Duties, Wole Oyelese, former deputy national chairman of the party, Yekini Adeojo, former deputy governor in the state, Hazeem Gbolarumi, his successor in office, Taofeek Arapaja, immediate past secretary to the state government, Layiwola Olakojo, former chief of staff to former governor Adebayo Alao-Akala, Dr. Saka Balogun and a host of others.

Though the immediate past governor Alao-Akala was absent at the meeting, he was said to be in the know and agreed with it and that the presence of his SSG and Chief of Staff while in office, Olakojo and Balogun respectively was at his instance. Speakers after speakers stressed the need to maintain the newfound rapprochement to chase ACN, which they described as a caretaker government in the state away.

They said the reconciliation was the death-knell of the ACN, which drove the party away from the Agodi Government House last April. At the meeting, presided over by Chief Adeojo, the PDP leaders accused ACN of not living up to the expectation of the people, who, they noted were already suffering voting remorse. Declaring open the meeting, Senator Balogun urged all the warring camps to forget the past and forge ahead; saying the result of their division was evident in the dismal performance of the party at the 2011 poll.

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