Oyo State Governor, Engr Seyi Makinde has said the South-West chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) will continue with efforts aimed at uniting its members to ensure a stronger party in the zone.
Governor Makinde, who addressed Newsmen after a meeting with members of the Zonal Working Committee of the Party, on Thursday, December 17, 2020, said leaders of the Party would continue to support reconciliatory efforts of the former Governor Olagunsoye Oyinlola-led Reconciliation Committee; adding that the Oyinlola team will work with the Committee set up by the national leadership of the PDP to unite the Party in the South-West geopolitical zone.
He maintained that leaders of the Party in the geopolitical zone will not be deterred or discouraged in their efforts to reconcile all Parties in the South-West PDP; calling on certain individuals behind the crisis rocking the zonal chapter to have a change of heart and do what is right for the Party.
Governor Makinde, according to a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Taiwo Adisa, declared that the alleged suspension of the zonal Chairman of the Party, Mr Dayo Ogungbenro, as null and void; maintaining that members of the zonal executive who announced the suspension of the Chairman lacked the power to do so since they did not constitute two-thirds of the executive committee as guaranteed by the Party’s constitution.
Speaking further after the meeting held at the Government House, Agodi, Ibadan, Governor Makinde declared that the leaders of the PDP in the South-West have identified the troublemakers in their midst.
On the causes of the crisis within the Party in the South-West zone, the Governor said: “They told me that one of our leaders has been the major individual causing trouble in the South-West and we deliberated to ask why that is so; and we said maybe because of the EFCC case or something like that. I said that shouldn’t be, because it is better to stay with your own party. Even if you have the EFCC case, the people that went and joined them [ruling party]; there is Joshua Dariye from Plateau and Reverend Jolly Nyame from Taraba, they ended up in jail. Even Governor Orji Uzor Kalu, it was only God that brought him out.
“But apart from that, I think we will continue the efforts to unite the Party in the South-West geopolitical zone”, he concluded.