Gov. Seyi Makinde of Oyo State on Friday urged the Special Reconciliation Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the South West to bluntly apportion blame, where necessary, while carrying out its assignment.
Makinde gave the advice in Ibadan, when he received the Eyitayo Jegede-led committee, set up to resolve the crisis in the Lagos and Osun chapters of the PDP.
The governor said it was necessary to resolve the crises in the two states, so as to ensure that the party contested the next elections as a united force.
Makinde said that the committee needed to do its utmost to reconcile all aspirants in the just-concluded state congresses and governorship primaries in the two states.
According to him, the committee must explore all avenues that will ensure full and genuine reconciliation.
He said that the committee should be bold enough to call a spade a spade, by telling whoever contributed to the division in the two states so.
Makinde promised to give the committee all the needed support to carry out its assignment.
Earlier, Jegede said that the committee’s mandate was to end all rifts and disagreements within the party in the South West region, particularly in Lagos and Osun states.
He pledged the sincerity of his members, describing them as men of integrity.
Jegede assured Makinde that the committee would do a thorough job and ensure that true reconciliation of all warring factions was achieved.
“We are preoccupied with the responsibility of reconciling some contending factors and forces within our party in Lagos and Osun states.
“Our assignment basically will take us to the states, but we need to start from here because the zonal office is here in Ibadan.
“And we need to also let you know as a leader in the party and to seek your support.
“We are hopeful that we will be able to talk to our members,” Jegede said.
The committee earlier held its inaugural meeting at the PDP zonal office in Ibadan.