In what was considered a dramatic reconciliation between two arch enemies in the Lagos State Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the duo of the former Deputy National Chairman, of the South-west zone of the party, Chief Olabode George and former Minister of Works, Senator Adeseye Ogunlewe, have resolved to sheath their swords in the interest of their party.
In what was a mark of an acceptance of his leadership, Ogunlewe led his loyalists drawn from all the local governments across the state to George’s Lugard Street, Ikoyi residence to pay homage to the party leader.
Addressing scores of jubilant party loyalists who were on ground to witness the event, Ogunlewe, who said George was his benefactor, noted that the time was ripe for PDP faithful in the state to work together to undo the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), stressing that his group was ready to queue behind George.
“We have agreed that there is nothing we can do behind George. He has continued to empower a number of people and we are ready to work with him.
“Today is a day of friendship. The day of amicable movement of the PDP forward, some want us to continue to fight but I said I will go to meet my friend, so that we can work for the victory of our party come 2015,” he said.
While addressing the gathering, an obviously elated George, described the reunion as a unifying factor that would strengthen the PDP to win the next year governorship election.
“The union is a cure to the political ‘Ebola’ (APC) in Lagos State. There is no more division and there is therefore nothing that can stop the PDP. There is no dispute again in Lagos State PDP and everybody is under the same umbrella,” he assured the teeming party loyalists.
George, who traced his friendship with Ogunlewe to their youthful days on Reclamation Street, Lagos Island, expressed joy at the re-establishment of the good old days.