Former Osun State Governor Olagunsoye Oyinlola has accused a member of the Peoples Democratic Party Board of Trustees, Shuaib Oyedokun, of fanning the embers of discord in the party.
Oyinlola, in a statement he signed on Monday, said it was “unbecoming” of Oyedokun to seek to create a rift between President Goodluck Jonathan and former President Olusegun Obasanjo with “unguarded statements based on falsehood”.
Oyedokun was on Monday reported as accusing Obasanjo of causing division in the PDP by criticising Jonathan in Dutse, Jigawa State, on Democracy Day.
Oyinlola, who said no fifth columnist would create a rift between the two leaders, added that Oyedokun was uncomfortable with current efforts by stakeholders to resolve the differences in the party.
The former governor said, “It does not lie in the mouth of Oyedokun to romanticise about unity in the PDP after planting his own son, Femi Oyedokun in the Action Congress of Nigeria and putting his wife in Accord Party. An elder that is genuinely interested in the unity of the party would not ask his son to go to the ACN seven days after his party lost power in Osun state and even lobby for the son to be made a commissioner in an opposition government. I expect Oyedokun to bring first his own household back into the PDP before talking about anything in the party.
“I am particularly worried that Oyedokun did not agree with our BoT chairman, Chief Tony Anenih, who, just last week at the PDP family dinner, called for peace and the resolution of all differences in the party.
“Could Oyedokun be carrying out the usual assignment of throwing spanners in the works of genuine members of the PDP, who are working hard to reconcile all its leaders and members and reposition it for the tasks ahead? What could actually be his motive?
“I asked the above questions because in 2007 after Oyedokun abandoned the PDP and joined forces with its opponents to found the Action Congress, and then lost out in the power struggle in that opposition party, it took me to beg Obasanjo to accept him back into the fold and to even make him a BoT member of the PDP.”