Rather than be in happy mood following their coming together after many years in different political parties, members of the Oyo State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, are enmeshed in leadership crisis.
The party’s only House of Representatives’ member, Olusegun Odebunmi, who is fondly called ‘Bunvic’, may be on his way out of the party, to join the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC.
It would be recalled that in the 2015 election, the ‘rampaging’ APC won 12 out of the 14 Reps seats and all the 3 senatorial seats in the state, leaving PDP and Labour Party, LP, with one each, in Ogbomosoland.
The Oko-born two-term member of the House, who was once a council chairman, was said to be unhappy with the composition of the caretaker committee membership of the party in the state, especially in his local government of Surulere which was said to have been ‘ceded’ to the Iresaapa-born former senator, Ayo Adeseun.
Insideoyo.com had reported how many members of the party are not happy with the composition of members to work with the Tunde Akogun led caretaker committee in the state.
A source, who didn’t want name in print, told insideoyo.com that “it is politically incorrect for the PDP to leave Bunvic out of it. Even those who are paperweight were given their council areas. Bunvic stood with the party, through thick and thin, that he never thought of defecting to the APC despite the many overturres from his APC colleagues and leadership of the party.”
“He would not watch and allow things go wrong. If we allow this to go like this, we are doomed. We are as good as dead politically. 2019 is around the corner.”
The source added that ex-governor Adebayo Alao-Akala met the young lawmaker on the need to be in the same party, just like they have done in the past.
He noted that “their talks have reached advanced stage. Except the issues are addressed, we want him to leave. We cannot sacrifice everything during their times of need and we will rewarded in this way, ” he disclosed.