Aggrieved members of the Oyo state chapter of the African Democratic Party (ADC) Monday met with former President Olusegun Obasanjo in an effort to reconcile the factional groups before the party’s primaries expected to hold next month.
Led by the party’s National Chairman, Chief Ralph Nwosu the reconciliation was held at the Presidential Library, Abeokuta, the Ogun state capital.
Others present at the meeting are Chief Michael Koleoso, Chief Olayiwola Olakojo, Senator Olufemi Lanlehin, former Deputy Governor Taofeek Arapaja, Former Secretary to the state Government, Dr. Adebisi Busari, Dr. Wasiu Olatunbosun, Chief Femi Majekodumi, Mr Yinka Olona, and Chief Mrs Funmi Arulogun amongst others.
Details of the meeting were still sketchy as they were yet to conclude as at the time of filing this report.
Dr. Wasiu Olatunbosun , one of the gladiators at the meeting confirmed the peace move yesterday anchored by the former President Obasanjo .
Oyo ADC which was launched two months ago in Ibadan, the state capital drew its membership from the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), All Progressive Congress ( APC) and Accord Party (AP) .
However, trouble started last week during the conduct of the state congress to elect officials of the party , where a group under the aegis of the Unity Forum accused the former governor of Oyo state, and ex-Secretary to the state Government (SSG), Senator Rashidi Ladoja and Chief Michael Koleoso of hijacking the party .
They claimed that the controversial congress was not all inclusive as they were sidelined during the conduct of the congress.
The aggrieved members also alleged that all the exco members who emerged as state officials of the party were Ladoja’s men.
The peace meeting held at Abeokuta Monday was called in order to find lasting solution to the crises rocking the state chapter of the party.
Among the personalities present at the meeting are Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, National Chairman of the party, Chief Ralph Nwosu and other groups within the state chapter of the party.
It would recalled that a group within the party, Unity Forum, had last week raised alarm over the alleged hijack of the party by former governor of Oyo state and former secretary to the state government, Senator Rashidi Adewolu Ladoja and Chief Michael Koleoso respectively.
The group last Thursday issued a 72-hour ultimatum to the national leadership of the party to address what they termed as impunity. The ultimatum expired yesterday.
A source revealed that yesterday’s meeting was called in order to correct the alleged imbalances in the party.
A member of the Oyo state House of Assembly representing Iseyin/Itesiwaju, Hon. Afeez Adeleke had last weekend disclosed that the crisis rocking the state ADC could only be resolved by the former President Olusegun Obasanjo.
He informed that leaders of the party, comprising all the aggrieved factions would take their grievances to the former President who they believed is the person to resolve the intra party crisis rocking the state chapter of the African Democratic Congress (ADC).
Adeleke, it would be recalled was among the fifteen members of the state House of Assembly that met Obasanjo in Abeokuta to finalise their resolve to cross from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), to the ADC .
The lawmaker who urged all leaders of the party to work together in their bid to capture the state in the 2019 general elections argued that “Obasanjo is our guide, he has the solution, he is the solution to the ADC crises.
“All of us met him in Abeokuta and we finalise that we are moving from the ruling APC to the ADC, he should prevail because he is our father. Ladoja was invited to the join the party, though the reconciliation is ongoing, there is a need for us to work to send APC away in 2019.”
Adeleke who assured that Obasanjo’s intervention would put an end to the crises within the party, said he was surprised that Ladoja who was invited to join the party about three weeks ago could hijack the party from members who were on ground before his arrival.