*Parties refuse to yield grounds
Moves by national leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to reconcile the two factions in Kwara State have been rebuffed by warring factions.
The factions, led by Akogun Iyiola Oyedepo and Prince Sunday Adeniran Fagbemi, traded words as they came out of a meeting with the National Chairman, Senator Ahmed Makarfi.
The peace meeting, which took place at the Abuja national secretariat of the PDP, could not douse the high wired tension in the north central state.
Kwara was one of the eight chapters dissolved by the party at the 12th August convention.
Members of the factions came out of the meeting, pointing accusing fingers at the other.
While a former National Planning Minister, Professor Suleiman Olanrewaju, refused questions from reporters, another chieftain, Senator Suleiman Ajadi, asked the reporters to step back.
In his address, Makarfi cautioned the factions against bickering, saying they might lose ground to defecting members from other parties.
The party chairman urged them to put their house in order or lose the party structure to more mature in-coming members.
Makarfi said: “Kwara State is the only state we are meeting with this way. We have four states that we already have submissions from, based on resolutions passed and approved by the convention. All sides to the conflicts in the states jointly signed and made a submission in the interest of the party.
“They didn’t require us to meet with them. Of all seven states, we have four already and the others will conclude over the Eid-el-Kabir holidays.
“People can question the leadership qualities in any state where there are seven affected, and six will get it done and one will be there fighting among themselves. Kwara is highly politically mature and active to prevent this kind of isolation.
“We have delayed the state because of influx of people joining the party and they want accommodation. So, what we want is not just people who are in PDP to reconcile and move forward, we also have influx of people wanting to join the party. And nobody will wait for any person.
“Once people put their heads together, they can be in a position to control political events. In this kind of situation, delay is dangerous. Kwara, as you are waiting, you don’t know what development may occur. And before you know it, you start regretting why did you have to wait for so long.”
The party chairman cited Lagos and Adamawa as states affected by dissolution, but which are making progress and expected to make submissions to the national leadership.
The Iyiola Oyedepo faction it would be recalled had already taken their dissolution to court.