Tukur, investigation revealed, is set to visit State of Osun next month in the bid to rally support for the party in the South-West ahead the 2014 governorship election in the state.
The visit was billed for discussion at a stakeholders’ meeting of the party, which was held at the party’s secretariat in Osogbo on Sunday.
The State of Osun Chairman of PDP, Alhaji Gani Olaoluwa, several chiefs and two governorship aspirants – Chief Iyiola Omisore and Alhaji Fatai Akinbade – attended the Osogbo meeting.
However, some stakeholders of the party in Osun, who are aggrieved by the removal of former Governor Olagunsoye Oyinlola as national secretary of the party, have voiced their disagreement with the proposed visit by Tukur.
It will be recalled that the Osun PDP faulted the removal of Oyinlola from office as national secretary.
While some members of the party frowned on the visit, some urged aggrieved members to forget the past.
A PDP leader, who spoke on condition of anonymity, on Sunday, said, “Why have they chosen Osun to hold their rally? Why don’t they choose any other South-West state after all they did to Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola? They should reinstate Oyinlola as national secretary before coming to Osun for a rally.
“They want to rub salt into injury; that’s why they have chosen Osun. We don’t like the way they have treated Oyinlola because Oyinlola remains the leader of the Osun PDP.”
During his seven and a half years rein in office as governor, Oyinlola was the leader of the party in Osun during an era in which PDP members represented the state in the House of Assembly, House of Representatives and Senate.
The 30 local governments of the state were fully controlled by the PDP before the pronouncement of a Court of Appeal sitting in Ibadan terminated Oyinlola’s regime by pronouncing Mr. Rauf Aregbesola of the Action Congress of Nigeria as winner of the election.