By Ikechukwu Okaforadi
A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Oyo State, Alhaji Adebisi Olopoeniyan, has said that he stayed away from the reconciliation meeting with Governor Seyi Makinde, due to uncertainty of his safety in the meeting scheduled to take place in the Oyo State Government House.
Speaking with journalists Tuesday night, Olopoeniyan said he boycotted the reconciliatory meeting of the party because he does not have confidence in Governor Seyi Makinde of the State.
The PDP chieftain said one of the requests by the aggrieved PDP members tabled before the committee is that the PDP executive council in the state should be dissolved.
He added that what he and other members of the party wanted was stability of the party.
He said “After the meeting in the hotel, I decided not to go for the enlarged meeting at the Government House because of my safety. The government is hobnobbing with Alhaji Mukaila Lamidi, also known as Auxiliary.
“But the committee has not given any judgment. The committee said they gave the governor till the end of this month (August) to reconcile all the aggrieved members. I believe Saraki-led committee would do the right thing. But I don’t have confidence in Seyi Makinde, until I see it done.
“We have not left the party. It is our party. We are together. We don’t want the party to be in disarray. Saraki said he would not allow anyone to destabilize the party. I am not asking for anything other than the party to be a united one.
“One of the requests that we tabled before the committee is that the PDP executive council in the state should be dissolved. Let the caretaker committee be set up. We are preparing for the congress. Let the caretaker committee organise the congress. All I want is the stability of the party.”
Recall that former Senate President, Bukola Saraki and some PDP chieftains were in Ibadan on Tuesday to reconcile some aggrieved members of the party.
Saraki immediately after arriving Ibadan, held a brief meeting with the aggrieved members at a hotel around Idi Ape area of Ibadan.
The reconciliation committee later left the hotel for another meeting at the Presidential Wing of Oyo State government house in Agodi.
It was, however, gathered that Olopoeniyan and other aggrieved members of the party did not attend the meeting held at the government House.