Dr Adetokunbo Pearse, a Chieftain of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has urged former Gov. Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State to sheathe his sword against Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State to strengthen the party in the Southwest.
Makinde and Fayose have been embroiled in controversy over the leadership of the Southwest chapter of the main opposition party in Nigeria.
Pearse, a University of Lagos lecturer made this appeal in an interview with Newsmen in Lagos on Tuesday.
“The party at the southwest level is having problems mainly because of Fayose.
“We are not saying Fayose has no right to aspire to have officers in the southwest that will support him, but it should be done fairly, respectfully and we should work within the democratic process.
“Setting people up against Makinde and calling him names is not good for the party that want to win election.
“We should not act like children at this time. My advice is for him to sheathe his sword and let us sue for peace, be cordial in the way we deal with our leader who is Makinde now in the southwest,” he said.
Pearse said that the lingering crisis would send many away from the party and further dim its fortune in future elections.
According to him, unnecessary crisis among leaders of the party will further send many away to the ruling party.
“It is obvious that by conventions and common sense and in fairness to Gov. Seyi Makinde of Oyo, being the only PDP governor in the zone, he is its leader in the zone.
“This is what happened when Fayose himself was the only PDP governor in the zone before former Ondo Governor, Dr Olusegun Mimiko joined him,” he said.
He urged Fayose to douse the tension in the interest of the party.
“Many of our members who are moving to APC are moving because they feel that there is no future in PDP.
“The main problem they see in PDP is the division in the party, which exists mainly at the top leadership of the party.
“At the grassroots, the ward and LGA levels, the PDP is as strong as ever and our members are as faithful as ever,” Pearse said.
He said a house divided against its self couldn’t stand and urged leaders of the party to learn how to compromise to bring back the party to the limelight in the zone.