Former President Olusegun Obasanjo on Monday led a new reconciliation team to the Ibadan residence of a former governor of Oyo state, Rasidi Ladoja.
Mr. Obasanjo, who held a closed door meeting with the former governor, arrived at the Bodija private residence of the former governor around 2:15 p.m.
A former deputy governor of Oyo State, Taofeek Arapaja, and a former Speaker of the State Assembly, Adeolu Adeleke, as well as other PDP stalwarts in the state were present at the meeting.
The former president, who laced his comments with proverbs, likened his visit to the former governor as that of “the crayfish which has been bent by circumstances. ’’
“Something happened which made the crayfish to bend and with time, the bent crayfish would be straightened,” he said.
Mr. Ladoja, in his comments, said negotiations between his Accord Party and the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) was still ongoing, adding that what was being expected was a possible merger of the two parties in the state.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that the refusal of the former governor to return to the PDP led to the parallel state congress of the party on March 17.
NAN also recalls that the Minister of State for the FCT, Jumoke Akinjide, and Mr. Arapaja were two of the PDP chieftains who had earlier made overtures to Mr. Ladoja to return to the PDP.