Don’t dump PDP, Makinde begs Ladoja

The Punch - - NEWS - Olufemi Atoyebi, Ibadan

ONE of the Peo­ples Demo­cratic Party’s gov­er­nor­ship as­pi­rants in Oyo State, Seyi Makinde, has ap­pealed to a leader of the party in the state, Rashidi Ladoja, not to dump the party.

Is­sues sur­round­ing the har­mon­i­sa­tion of the ex­ec­u­tives of the party in the af­ter­math of two state con­gresses held by fac­tions of the party have been tear­ing the Oyo PDP apart.

Ladoja had threat­ened to leave the party with his sup­port­ers dur­ing a ra­dio pro­gramme mon­i­tored in Ibadan on Mon­day, cit­ing what he de­scribed as im­punity within the PDP as a rea­son.

He also re­it­er­ated his stance that there was only one recog­nised congress of the party in the state.

“there was only one state congress held as far as I am con­cerned and Al­haji Kunmi Mustapha emerged as the chair­man. the is­sue of the state ex­ec­u­tive be­ing shared 14 and 12 (be­tween two fac­tions of the party) does not even arise at all. there is and there will be noth­ing like that.

“It was im­punity that drove us from the PDP and if they al­low the im­punity to re­turn, we will leave the party for them. Wher­ever there is im­punity, you will not find me there,” he said dur­ing the pro­gramme.

But in a state­ment is­sued by the Seyi Makinde Or­gan­i­sa­tion and signed by Do­tun Oye­lade, Makinde re­minded the for­mer gover­nor of his lead­er­ship role and the col­lec­tive de­sire of Oyo State peo­ple for a change of ba­ton in 2019.

He said the har­mon­i­sa­tion is­sue was blown out of pro­por­tion as it re­mained the best move to unite mem­bers of the party in the state.

Makinde said, “I am priv­i­leged to be re­ferred to as one of your po­lit­i­cal sons and which you con­firmed on the ra­dio pro­gramme two days ago. There­fore as a true son of a valiant fa­ther, I hereby humbly but strongly ap­peal to you not to con­tem­plate leav­ing the house that we are jointly try­ing to roof, just be­fore the rainy sea­son.

“Such a de­ci­sion, com­ing from a tested leader will leave the peo­ple con­fused as ma­jor­ity of party mem­bers and in­deed the masses in the state are al­ready ex­cited about the prospect of gen­uine regime change that will ful­fill its elec­toral prom­ises and re­spect in­sti­tu­tions and el­ders.

“the is­sue of har­mon­i­sa­tion of party ex­ec­u­tives which is be­ing blown out of pro­por­tion ap­pears to be the most re­al­is­tic ar­range­ment to ac­tu­alise our ob­jec­tive be­cause po­lit­i­cal ex­pe­di­ency nar­ra­tives are de­ter­mined by cir­cum­stances on the ground.”

Makinde said that the PDP at the na­tional level learned a bit­ter les­son in 2015 be­cause of im­po­si­tion of can­di­dates and ex­ec­u­tives, stress­ing that to avoid a re­peat of the cri­sis, it was im­por­tant to have an allinclu­sive state ex­ec­u­tive.

“It be­came im­per­a­tive for the Na­tional Work­ing Com­mit­tee to en­sure an all- in­clu­sive state ex­ec­u­tive is put in place to avoid go­ing to war with a di­vided army. Like oth­ers, who de­sire pos­i­tive change via the PDP un­der your lead­er­ship in the state, I strongly be­lieve no sin­gle ten­dency can do it all alone,” he added.

Photo: Olatunji Obasa.

•L-R: Mem­bers, Ad Hoc Com­mit­tee to In­ves­tiga­tive the Ab­duc­tion of Dapchi School­girls, Mr. Ab­dul­lahi Faruk, Mrs. Bless­ing Nsiegbe, Al­haji Sodiq Ibrahim, Chair­man of the com­mit­tee, Yusuf Buba; and an­other mem­ber, Dr. As­abe Vilita, dur­ing the com­mit­tee’s brief­ing on the ab­duc­tion of the school­girls at the Na­tional Assem­bly in Abuja... on Tues­day.

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