14th September, 2012
Nigeria’s former President, Olusegun Obasanjo has called on youths in the Lagos state chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to channel their energies towards bringing absolute peace and reconciliation among the warring factions in the state.
Obasanjo made this appeal at a joint annual general assembly of the Lagos PDP Women And Youth Vanguard held at the National Arts Theatre, Iganmu, Lagos.
The former president, who was represented by the PDP Zonal Secretary, South West, Mr. Jide Damazio, said there was need for true reconciliation in the state PDP in order to move the party forward and position it ahead of future challenges.
“Baba Obasanjo said I should tell you the youths that he appreciates your efforts and that you should direct your energies towards bringing about peace and reconciliation among warring factions in Lagos PDP. He said you should strive to identify yourselves with how to bring peace to the party.
Speaking in his own capacity, Damazio, urged the youth and women to beware of the opposition planting the seed of discord in the party.
“You must all reach out to the gladiators of the party in the state to work for the uplift of the party,” he said.
In his speech, Mr. Olalere Gbadamosi, a 2011 governorship aspirant of the party in the state, said there was need for the members to work as one to wrest power from the ruling ACN in 2015.
“If we don’t forget our animosity and work as one, we may be swept away,” he said.
Also speaking, the Chief Adviser of the Youth Vanguard and 2011 governorship aspirant of the party in Lagos, Mr. Salis Owolabi, further appealed to stalwarts of the party to come together and work for the party’s victory in the 2015 polls.
“The youth vanguard programme is designed to bring unity to the party but you know that in any dispute, there are diehards who will never agree to anything,” he said.
Mr. Sheriff Adepoju, the President of the Lagos PDP Youth Vanguard, assured that the youths will move to their leaders in thousands to ensure that there is reconciliation.
He said for the PDP to remain relevant in Lagos, the leaders must sheathe their swords and be good crisis managers.
Adepoju, attributed the rancour in the party to arrogance, dichotomy and selfishness in some leaders.
He said the vanguard does not belong to any faction but was formed to complement the efforts of the party in the state.
By Jamiu Yisa