The party says it is ready to take back the zone from the opposition.
Two years after losing to the opposition in major elections in the South West, the leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, is yet to get over the loss.
At a meeting with the national chairman of the party, Bamanga Tukur, at the Premier Hotel, Ibadan, on Friday, speakers took turns to grieve over the loss, blaming it on lack of internal democracy within their fold.
Mr. Tukur was in Ibadan to hold a town hall meeting with members of the party in the Southwest as part of efforts to reconcile existing factions within the party in the zone.
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo, who recently fell out of favour with the current national leadership of the party, was conspicuously absent.
Mr. Obasanjo holds a strong influence within the party, both at national and regional levels; though he appears to be losing out.
Most of his known supporters, in an apparent show of loyalty, also did not attend the event.
Mr. Tukur harped on the need for reconciliation, urging members to go back to their respective states and iron out their differences.
He said the SouthWest is very important and strategic, saying only peaceful co-existence and cordial relationship among members will assist them to win back the zone.
“Through reconciliation, we will have a very robust party,” he said.
Also speaking at the occasion, the Minister of State for Defence, Olusola Obada, stated that the party is ready to take back the zone from the incumbent in the next elections.
She said members now know the difference between being in power and being out of power.
“We have now learnt our lessons. Many things were taken for granted when our party was in the saddle. It very important that we reconcile and forget the past,” said Ms. Obada.
Olusegun Agagu, former governor of Ondo State, who spoke on behalf of former governors in the zone, blamed the crisis rocking the party on the arbitrariness the party witnessed in the past.
He also noted that lack of internal democracy is another bane scuttling peace.
Mr. Agagu called for formation of a reconciliation team in each of the state to look at their issues and come up with recommendations on ways to address them.
Chieftains and members of the party came from Ekiti, Ogun, Oyo, Osun, Lagos and Ondo States.
Among the chieftains in attendance were Ms. Obada; the National Publicity Secretary of the party, Olisa Metu; and former Governors of Ondo and Ekiti States, Olusegun Agagu and Ayodele Fayose.