The All Progressives Congress (APC) Reconciliation Committee in Oyo state is currently meeting with some aggrieved members of the party in Ibadan
The meeting which is part of moves to reunite all members of the party in the state is being hosted by the chairman of the reconciliation committee Otunba Adebayo Alao Akala in his resident at Bodija Ibadan
Recalled that former governor Abiola Ajimobi before his death, inaugurated a reconciliation committee to settle the grievances between all members of the party.
The Alao Akala led Committee also have Prince Gbade Lana as Secretary, while other Members include: Alhaji Kamar Ajisafe, (Less City), Pa Akin Ojebode, (Oyo) Alhaji Laide Abass,(Ibarapa Zone)Pa Adeleke, Oke Ogun I, Prof Dibu Ojerinde, (Oke Ogun II) Senator Teslim Folarin, (Representing Oyo State Caucus in the Senate), Hon Segun Odebunmi (Bunvic), (Representing the House of Representatives Caucus), Hon. Niran Alarape, (State House of Assembly), Hon Mojeed Olaoya, (State Party Secretary), Mr Isiaka Areokuta (Youth Leader), Mrs Mabel Williams, (Women Leader), Chief S.M. Akindele (Oyo Central), Adefisoye Adekanye (Oyo South), Rasaq Arikewuyo (Oyo North
Although there have been furore and silent move against Akala emerging the leader of the party as some aggrieved party members said they will not recognized him as a progressive leader because he came from another party.
Alao-Akala while welcoming the guests declared that he is neither interested in governorship of Oyo State in 2023 nor supporting any governorship aspirant on the platform of the party.
The Ogbomoso-born politician said his doors are open to all members of the party
Meanwhile some of the notable members of the party who are currently serving at the Federal level including the minister of Youth and Sport Mr Sunday Dare, DG NITDA, Professor Adeolu Akande and others were not at the meeting
Alao-Akala, who noted that the party is not a company belonging to someone, said that all members of the party should work in unity ahead of the next general elections.
The former governor said a credible and transparent primary elections must be held ahead of 2023 elections.
Alao-Akala said that the only reason people leave a political party was when they discovered that the leadership of such party cheated them by imposing candidates on them, but said this would be addressed in 2023.
“My discussion with the former governor Abiola Ajimobi was much, but on our party, we agreed that since he had been given appointment in Abuja, I should wait behind to reconcile aggrieved members of our party in the State.
“Some people were aggrieved after the last general elections. Ajimobi knew I was experienced and I could bring them together with my experience.
“I have spoken with all the blocs in the APC and they are ready to return to the party. I begged some of them. I made sacrifices to some. We are all stakeholders in our party since it is not a company belonging to someone, so we should work in unity.
“People are complaining that I left APC and later returned, yes it is true because it is normal to get angry and when they begged, I have to return to the party.
“Those complaining are not competent enough, if they are, they should hold their respective areas. They should win their polling unit, wards, and even local government because we are all stakeholders in the party. Everybody should know their worth.
“They don’t need to be afraid if I would still leave the party or not because there is no permanent friends or enemies in politics but we play politics the way it came.
“I know everything about Oyo politics and I am the only person who understands the game very well, with due respect,” he said