The main opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Osun State, has apologised to its National Chairman, Uche Secondus over the burning of the party’s flags by the aggrieved supporters of Senator Iyiola Omisore.
Omisore, a former deputy governor in the state, was alleged to have supervised the burning of the party’s flag at his office on Thursday over his disagreement with the party.
The Renaissance reports that the office building had served as the party’s Secretariat.
In a press conference addressed by Hon. Tajudeen Adeyemi, a former member of the Osun State House of Assembly, on behalf of a coalition called the “Forum of ex-PDP Political Office Holders in Osun State”, the party expressed deep shock, sadness and disappointment at the recent conducts of Omisore and, therefore, apologised for his misdemeanour and insubordination to the national leadership.
“We which to tender the unreserved apology of our party members to the National Chairman of the PDP, Prince Uche Secondus for the disgraceful conduct of a misguided few who desecrated the symbols of our great party yesterday.
“We wish to assure the Party that the conduct of those few elements does not in any way represent the views and aspirations of the hundreds of thousands of genuine PDP members in Osun state who are working hard to ensure that the party records outstanding victory in the Sept. 22, 2017 Governorship election,” Adeyemi said.
The forum accused Omisore of ingratitude to the party, which stood by him in times of his travails, in spite of his unfaithfulness.
“As a serious party after the 2015 elections, various committees were set up to probe into why we lost and there were many serious and disappointing revelations which include but not limited to the fact that the senator who was our candidate helped his pockets to a great extent with funds meant for the election.
“He couldn’t account till today for several billions of naira meant for providing essential logistics for the 2014 elections.
“Attempts to ask him questions led to so many unpalatable reactions from him which included the ejection of the party from his Ogo Oluwa property which hitherto served the party’s state secretariat.
“Amidst this came the issue of EFCC allegations, investigations, arrest, detention, and refund of several billions of naira which he allegedly collected for the purpose of the governorship elections.
“You will all recall that Otunba Omisore initially denied ever collecting any money for the elections only for him to admit while in EFCC custody and begin a refund.
“Despite his isolation of the party at the time of collection and appropriation of the funds, as a responsible party, we stood by him during the travails.
“Our party joined him to suffer the image battery because of the brotherly love and respect we had for him.”
The party leadership expressed surprised that all the effort could not appease the former deputy governor, who had since turned himself into an albatross and continued to promote factions and disloyalty to the party, especially under the leadership of Prince Uche Secondus.”
Consequently, the Forum demanded that Omisore should, within the next 72 hours, condemn the ‘barbaric action of the hoodlums’ who desecrated the PDP flag in his office and tender an unreserved apology to the leadership of the party.
It also demanded that Omisore must unequivocally state his stance on the continued membership of the party.
Members of the forum included former members of the National Assembly, Osun State House of Assembly, Commissioners, ex-local government chairmen, vice chairmen and counsellors, former Special Advisers and Executive Assistant to the Governor, Board chairmen and Heads of Agencies among others.