Youth and sports development Minister, Mr Sunday Dare, has canvassed for support in the Oyo state All Progressives Congress, APC, declaring that unity was more important than personal ambition.
Speaking during a stakeholders meeting of Oyo state APC in Ibadan, participants who were drawn from across the three senatorial districts aligned with the minister’s position
Dare the charged party leaders present on the need to reposition the APC for victory in Oyo State.
He said any idea that some informal and nebulous sub-faction should rule and is more important than the party itself must be discarded and that to exalt some small group over the larger is against the democratic spirit of the party, which will cause it a troublesome and adverse future.
The minister urged that the APC in state must embrace a new more inclusive and collegial mentality while the fragmentation of the party and the unfair treatment of members associated with a rival faction must stop.
He said only a strong unified party will win the majority of elections it faces and that the idea of handing the party over to a few individuals to the detriment of others will spell doom as the factional elements might win the battle for supremacy in the party but may well lose the greater war which is the general elections.
Many observed that the crisis experienced by the party was made protracted because of the entrenchment of camps and factional interests.
They agreed that there is a renewed opportunity to mend their ways and move forward unite. “Existing divisions in the state chapter of the party is costing members greatly but unity can bring about progress. Many suggestions of way forward were made,” he added.
Oyo APC, according to him,?has to unite in order to benefit more from the centre.
After extensive deliberations on the remarks by the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Mr Sunday Dare, the stakeholders:
Resolved to let go of the past and work together to restore the fortunes of the APC in Oyo State.
Appealed to party members to henceforth desist from deploying inflammatory words against fellow party members in the name of factional wrangling.
Commend the minister of youth and sports development, Mr Sunday Dare for his initiative of convening the meeting.
Urged the Honourable Minister to continue with the mediation efforts he has initiated with a view to uniting all factions and camps in Oyo State APC.
Urged the elected office holders of the part from Oyo state to support the Honourable Minister in sustaining the reconciliatory efforts.
Directed stakeholders to be part of reconciliatory efforts.
In attendance were former Deputy Govenor , Otunba Moses Alake-Adeyemo, House of Representatives member Hon Shina Peller, Hon Musiliu Akinremi, Hon Akeem Adeyemi, Chief Niyi Akintola (SAN), former Speakers Oyo State House of Assembly, Rt Hon Asimiyu Alarape, Rt Hon Olagunju Ojo and Senator Ayo Adeseun.
Others include: Prince Ayodeji Aleshinloye ALGON Chairman Oyo state, Professor Dibu Ojerinde, Member Oyo State Reconciliation Committee, Hon Saheed Fijabi fmr MHR and
Hon. Olumide Ojerinde. Aare Okuta among others.