The National Publicity Secretary of the People’s Democratic Party PDP, Debo Ologunagba has categorically stated that it is incorrect and only a distraction to state that Dr Iyorchia Ayu is working for Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.
He however stated that such comments are usually made by dissatisfied individuals when things are not going their way.
Ologunagba assured that all issues and “alleged” crises in some states in the Southwest are being looked into by their merits, stating that the Dr Ayu led National Working Committee remains resolute in its task to put the party back on track and rescue Nigeria from the mess of the last six years.
He advised all those making such comments to retreat with the view of believing in the reconciliation process already in place.
He said reconciliation is a process, a marathon and not a dash.
In a statement released, the PDP National Publicity Secretary said, “That’s not correct. reconciliation is a process, a marathon and not a dash. Therefore, you might expect to get results in five days and you get it in ten days. What makes the difference in the reconciliation process is the continuous engagement to resolve issues.”
“When this NWC came on board, it set up a high-powered reconciliation committee comprising of seven members of the NWC, seven members of the board of trustees, seven members of the governors’ forum and members of the leadership of the National Assembly. These are all major and important organs of the party, and they’ve been working.”
“They have been working and throughout the December period, they didn’t go on vacation. You can see today, Ekiti has been reconciled. But like I said, reconciliation and settling of crisis is not s sprint, but a marathon. It would be misleading for anyone to insinuate that the leadership of Ayu is not interested in settling the crisis in South West for any reason.”
You would recall that there are perceived crises in some states in the Southwest, notably Ogun State, Osun State and Lagos State.
The Ogun State chapter of the party, has been factionalized since 2020, is still embroiled in crisis till date.
On February 18 this year, a Federal High Court sitting in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital advised a factional chairman of the party, Samson Bamgbose, and five others to take their grievances to the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party.
In Osun State, a governorship aspirant of the party, Akin Ogunbiyi, withdrew from the state’s governorship primary on March 7, accusing the Dr Ayu led NWC of working to coronate one of the candidates.
In Lagos State, supporters of Chief Bode George, are alleging that it is the script of Bola Tinubu playing out in Lagos State having seemingly lost out in the last State Congress.
Ologunagba affirmed that the Dr Iyorchia Ayu led NWC has been consistent in resolving crisis not only in the south west but all over the country.
He advised all aggrieved persons to sheath their swords and believe in the new PDP vision