-PDP ends feud with its former national secretary, Olagunsoye Oyinlola.
-The party claims the reconciliation is not aimed at luring the former governor back to the party.
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Monday made amends with its former National Secretary, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola, over what it described as the injustice he suffered in the party which led to his exit from the party.
The party’s apology was delivered by the chairman of the PDP caretaker committee in Osun State, Sarafa Tunji Ishola, who led a delegation of other chieftains of the party to Oyinlola at his country home in Okuku, Osun state.
The PDP caretaker chairman said the visit was not an attempt to make the former Governor return to the party but to apologise to him for the injustice experienced in the party.
“The decision to be member of any party is a personal one and we respect that decision of yours. Our mission is to come and ask for forgiveness, that you forgive us in your heart and we admit that what happened to you was an injustice and an error,” Sarafa Tunji Ishola appealed.
Thereafter, all members of the caretaker committee prostrated to Oyinlola to appeal for his forgiveness.
Other Peoples Democratic Party chieftains who were in the chairman’s entourage include former deputy to Oyinlola, Erelu Olusola Obada, former speaker of the state House of Assembly, Rt. Hon Adejare Bello and former member of the National Population Commission, Alhaji Lere Oyewumi.
In his response, Oyinlola appreciated the visit and also said he felt vindicated by the visit and the apologies tendered.
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“I want to say that I did everything humanly possible to make sure that the division did not come from me. I went to the extent of writing to the leadership of the party, the then Mr. President to draw his attention to the issues that were eroding on the unity of the party but it seemed my own sincerity about the whole issues were misconstrued.”
“I want to take a recourse to the Bible which says “if your brother transgesses, rebuke him; if he repents, forgive him. it is on that score that I want to say I have forgiven and forgotten all that was done to me.”
Oyinlola advised politicians in the country to always seek for the progress of the country, irrespective of the side of the political divide they belonged.
According to him, political affiliation of politicians may differ but the delivery of democracy dividends to the people must be important to them.