Former deputy chief whip in the Senate, Sen. Hosea Agboola has said that members of the Oyo State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has resolved to rebuild the party by bringing back former governors Rashidi Ladoja Adebayo Alao-Akala and Engr Seyi Makinde into the party ahead of the 2019 general elections.
Ladoja is currently of Accord, Alao-Akala is with the All Progressives Congress, APC while Makinde is of the Social Democratic Party, SDP.
At a meeting in Ibadan, the Oyo state capital, the convener, Agboola, who is popularly known as ‘Alleluya’, said the party would focus on building a party where the will of the people would be respected.
He added that members of the party had resolved to reconcile all aggrieved members.
At the meeting, it was agreed that a standing committee should be set up to reconcile members at the state and council levels.
Agboola stated that the meeting was called as a result of what was agreed at a recently-concluded National Executive Committee meeting of the party in Abuja.
He said stakeholders at the meeting agreed that all warring factions should be brought back into the party.
Agboola, who is a former commissioner in the state, explained that leaders of the party were already discussing with Makinde, Ladoja, Alao-Akala and other members that dumped the party during the crisis that engulfed it two years ago.
Agboola also assured those in attendance at the meeting that members of the Ali Modu Sheriff group that defected to the Mega Party of Nigeria recently would soon come back to the party.
The Publicity Secretary of the SDP in the state, Akeem Azeez, confirmed that Makinde was in the forefront of the coalition of opposition parties in the state.
Speaking with Punch, Azeez said: “Makinde is in the forefront of the coalition of opposition parties in the state and beyond forming an alliance to field a joint candidate for the governorship election in 2019. He has not defected to the PDP,”