By Deborah Oladejo, Osogbo
The leadership of The Osun Progressives (TOP, a group within the state chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has announced the dissolution all its structures across the state.
The group, which is loyal to former Governor Rauf Aregbesola, made the announcement on Tuesday at a press conference addressed by a former Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Najeem Salaam in Osogbo.
Salaam, who was flanked by Chairman of TOP, Rev. Adelowo Adebiyi, said the time to rebuild the APC in the state is now and his group are set for a genuine reconciliation.
He said: “I am here to announce the dissolution of factional tendencies of all shades in the party with the sole objective of harmonising all core ‘Omoluabi progressives’ on a rebuilding mission that will bring us back to the leadership of our state and people.
“We are hereby dissolving The Osun Progressives (TOP) and the faction of the party associated with it to facilitate the unity of purpose that this time requires. For effective closure, we will have a truth and reconciliation forum within the party when fully restructured with a sole purpose of preventing any recurrence of the ugly past.
“With this hand of fellowship and the olive branch, it is my belief that a new vista of hope, vision, passion and action will emerge in our Party.”
Najeem also declared cessation to all hostilities within the party.
“Therefore, I, Rt. Hon. Najeem Folasayo Salaam, conscious of the huge responsibility of history and the support of our sincere and committed progressive leaders and members in the State of Osun, declare cessation of hostilities and invite all genuine progressive to an all-inclusive meeting for the rebuilding of our party within the next one week.
“We are therefore extending our hand of fellowship to everyone who is a progressive at heart and loves good governance in our party, in the other parties and independents who are hitherto not aligned to any party.
“Consequent to this, and to demonstrate our readiness for this leap of faith, I have the mandate of our leaders and members to invite other progressives in other caucuses in the Osun APC and other parties and like minds across the state to join us in this endeavour.
“This is a call for unity of purpose in our party and beyond. It is a call for burying the hatchet and work for the greater good and service to humanity through progressive governance,” he stated.