Former Senate Leader, Senate Teslim Folarin
Former Senate Leader, Senate Teslim Folarin, has given an insight on the reconciliatory efforts in the opposition Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) in Oyo State, declaring that the chieftains are tired of intra-party wrangling.
Folarin, who fielded questions to journalists in Ibadan, said the chieftains have agreed to a ceasefire, pointing out that the party was ready to present a united platform which was ready to face any electoral challenge.
The senator hinted that the situation among the elders in the party is getting better now, stating that: “We are in the mood for reconciliation; we have no choice than to reconcile.”
He assured that chieftains of the party in the state had realised the need for members to close ranks ahead of 2015 and everything was being done in that direction, stressing that the people of the state were waiting for the party to come back.
According to him, “what is on the lips of everybody in the state is for us to come together and that is what we are all working towards. We are aware of our responsibility to the people of the state and we cannot afford to fail them. We have all realised this and we know we don’t have a choice than to bury the hatchets and form a common front.”
Folarin attributed the alleged bickering within the party to its democratic nature, describing it as a good development, saying, “ours is a party that gives room for every shade of opinion and there is no way some members will not feel aggrieved, which is why we always seem to be in crisis.”
“Unfortunately to the people outside the fold, they don’t know that it is part of our inner strength and in a way, we are deepening democracy in the country. Ours is not a party where some people will sit down somewhere and make decrees for members, we hold congress for people to see and we don’t adopt candidates for elections like others,” he stated further.
The former senate leader confessed that some elders in the party are being driven by individual agenda who have agreed to marry their aspirations, adding that some party policies are bound to make some chieftains aggrieved.
“We know we have a problem and we are making efforts at resolving the misgivings among us,” he explained.
He expressed misgivings on the raging war of words between former governors Omololu Olunloyo and Adebayo Alao-Akala, which he described as needless.
“I’m not sure that former governor Olunloyo had left the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and I must see him first before I conclude. If it is however true, I don’t see any sense in it and I don’t see those claiming to have decamped from the PDP as serious politicians, but, those just looking for something to eat,” he said.