Story By Akinola Emmanuel, Saturday May 14, 2021
In his effort to reconcile various groups and factions within the South-West zone of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) the zonal Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Ambassador Taofeek Arapaja on Saturday led a high-powered delegation on a surprise visit to a chieftain of the party, Alhaji Bisi Olopoeyan.
Notable among the delegation included the Zonal Women Leader of the party,Alhaja Bose Adedibu; Special Adviser on Culture and Tourism to Governor Seyi Makinde, Hon. Akeem Ige; the Chairman of Oyo State Sports Council, Gbenga Adewusi, former Oyo State Publicity secretary, Alhaji Ismaila Ashipa and among other party chieftains.
The PDP National Vice Chairman SW Arapaja in a press release signed by his Special Assistant on media and publicity, Ibraheem Bamitale and made available to news men said though it would be wrong if Alhaji Adebisi Olopoeyan didn’t show his displeasure on whatever he felt was wrong, due to the fact that he was part of the success being enjoyed today by all.
He said Alh Adebisi Olopoeyan being a old time friend from the same political home, which is Garrison Commander of South West politics late chief Lamidi Adedibu, it would be very wrong if the two continue to work on different cause, he added that there’s always a rally point between the duo of Arapaja and Olopoeyan.
He as well appreciate the political dexterity of GSM who felt it would be better to nominate him Arapaja for the post in order to bring back home Alh Adebisi Olopoeyan to the fold, which he as well appreciate.
He further mentioned that if not for the crisis that happened there was never a reason why Olopoeyan should ever support anyone against him.
“The opposition that continue to woo you to their side has nothing to offer but their usual use and dump tendencies that they always display, we all shouldn’t allow them to use us against ourselves, we shouldn’t for any reason give room for the lapses that happened in 2011 repeat itself again because at the end we would be at the receiving end, Arapaja added.
It’s pertinent for all hands to be on deck and that greatness need to continue to trend in our party, this party belongs to us all, because we can’t afford to lose the state again, and apart from the state we all need to work together to achieve greatness for the Zone, we need to get back to having more state in the Zone.”
In his remark, Alhaji Adebisi Olopoeyan thanked and appreciated the team and promised to put all hands on deck and shelf all grievances, if not for anything but for the brotherhood of Arapaja.