Former Speaker of House of Representatives, Dimeji Bankole, on Thursday met leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Abeokuta, Ogun State as part of his ongoing consultations for his rumoured gubernatorial ambition in the 2015 poll.
Bankole along with his supporters stormed the headquarters of the party located along presidential boulevard and told the party officials that he came on a courtesy visit and to fashion ways of resolving the party’s prolonged crisis.
“I am a on a courtesy visit and not for governorship ambition. The purpose is unifying our party. I have come to report my own findings, I come to beg, to appeal. After diagnosis of what happened to us in 2007.
“Dimeji Bankole never takes any faction of PDP, last time I came to PDP secretariat was 2007.Today’s visit is about making sure we mend fences to give the opposition a good fight. I will continue to make such visits,” Mr. Bankole stated.
He also explained the purpose of the unification drive, which was not only to bring all aggrieved members of the party back to the fold, but to as well give the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC good run for their money in the 2015 election.
“We are not the only party with issues, of course we’ve learnt our lessons in a very hard way especially with the result of the last election in 2011. We do not wish that to happen to us, that is why most of us are going round the state to make sure we reconcile as many members as possible and bring former party members into the PDP and that is what you see us doing,” he said.
At the end of the meeting, the former Speaker spoke to his teeming supporters, but kept mute over his rumoured governorship ambition but asked them to start mobilizing towards the success of the party ahead of the general elections.
The party chairman, Dayo Bayo, explained that his executive members will provide a level playing ground to all the aspirants on the platform of the party and described Bankole as a prominent member of the party, though young, but has the potentials of an elder who can successfully lead the state.
He however advised Bankole to come up with a committee which will represent the interest of all groups within the party.
“I am going to be transparent and give all aspirants a play level field, when we are united, there is nothing we cannot do together for the greatness of ourselves, the party and the state at large,” he said.