The National Reconciliation and Strategy Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday hailed the leadership of the party in Oyo, Ekiti, Ondo, Lagos, Osun and Ogun states for the recent successful zonal congress in Osogbo, Osun State, where officers were elected in a free, fair and peaceful poll.
Its Secretary, Linus Okorie, said in a statement that Southwest PDP leaders disappointed their detractors, who had been fuelling division in the party.
He said it was commendable that the congress did not end in chaos.
Okorie said the maturity, peaceful disposition, unity, devotion, good spirit of brotherliness and sportsmanship displayed at the congress deserved emulation by PDP leaders in other zones.
He added: “With what happened in Osogbo, our leaders in the Southwest have demonstrated that the PDP can retake the Southwest in 2023 and that with the incompetence being displayed by the ruling party, a united and refocused PDP is a better option for the enlightened people of the Southwest.
Okorie recalled how last month the Reconciliation Committee intervened in what looked like an unresolvable stalemate in the Southwest when the Fayose group insisted that there was a court case in which an order had been given for the congress not to hold.
He said the committee, which at various times had to also appeal to Governor Seyi Makinde to concede the hosting of the congress outside Ibadan, also ensured that the court case was not used to stall the congress.
Okorie added: “While we hail the stakeholders who have yielded to the pleas of the Reconciliation Committee to shift from their original position and made way for peace, we also want to emphasise that the success of the PDP Southwest zonal congress is another achievement recorded by the National Reconciliation and Strategy Committee.
“It shows that the committee has continued to break new grounds and record more achievements. The members of the committee feel inspired by the positive turn of events in the Southwest PDP that we are now reassured that we will fully reunite every state chapter of the party by the end of the second quarter of this year.”