Sunday Bisi, former acting chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Osun State has been elected as the substantive chairman of the party.
Bisi was elected at the State Congress of the party held at the Osun Township Stadium on Wednesday.
Speaking at the congress, Governor Ademola Adeleke called on all members of the Peoples Democratic party (PDP) in the state to unite behind the new executives of the party headed by Sunday Bisi.
Adeleke urged party members to hold the banner of love high in the state, saying “unity is very key, we need all of us to join hands together and move PDP from strength to strength.
“To PDP members, be assured that your government is working, dividend of democracy is here and is here to stay and to Osun people, this PDP government is for the people, of the people and by the people.”
Earlier in his acceptance speech, Bisi, the newly elected chairman, promised to reunite the party and carry all members of the party along in his administration.
“I know what it takes to lead a party into government, I have done it before and I will do it again by the grace of God. I am going to unite the party more, everybody will be on the same page under my leadership.
“When you have a united party, then the governor will be able to concentrate, and there won’t be any distractions, I will ensure that and bring everybody into the party so that we will be able to move the state forward.
“We know those that are behind those that are in court against this congress, I will only appeal to them to sheath their sword and come back to join us to move Osun state forward, those that went to court are not part of the success story of today.
“We had Governorship, Presidential and state House of Assembly, they did not participate. They are been used to draw us back. I appeal to them to join hands with us,” he said.
Also, Funmiso Babarinde, a chairmanship aspirant, stated that he was not pleased with the situation of the party in the State, adding that it was unfortunate that the party had learned nothing from our history.
“While I am not pleased with the situation we found ourselves in as a party and how today’s congress was conducted, I believe the party must move forward and be well-positioned to assist the government.
“As an aspirant for the post of the Chairmanship of Osun PDP, I must note and for record sake stress that the alienation of so many party members, the court process, and the non-involvement of so many stakeholders leave so much to be desired.
“And, it is unfortunate that we have learned nothing from our history as a people and past concerns.
“Be that as it may, I congratulate the new State Executive of the party and the new chairman, Hon Sunday Bisi. I really do hope he and his team will hit the ground running and embark on genuine reconciliation and ensure that no one is left behind.
“In closing, by every standard, a fragmented political party cannot perform optimally. Such is also not good for the PDP government in Osun,” he said.