Being the only governor of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in thr whole of southwest could have placed Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State in the leadership of the party as far as the south west is concerned.
But this might not go well with the political “jagaban” of the who believed they had been in the game far before him.
At a meeting of the National deligate of the part held at Ogun State secretariat, Abeokuta, the former governor of Ekiti State and the leader of the party in the state, Ayodele Fayose has warned the Oyo State Governor steer clear of leadership of PDP in Ekiti State as well as other southwest states.
Speaking at the meeting which had chairmen of the party from Ekiti, Osun, Lagos and Ogun in attendance, Fayose maintained that Makinde had no right to dabble into the local politics in each State of the South West.
The Ekiti ex-Governor acknowledged that Makinde is presently the only PDP governor in the South West, saying, however, that he should give every State the freedom to be governed by its local leaders.
Fayose said he will be ready to fight anyone who plans to take over the structure of the Ekiti PDP from him.
He revealed that there has been a cold war of who become(s) the executive members of the zone.
He alleged that Makinde demanded that the zonal executive should be dissolved for a caretaker committee, adding that since the caretaker committee came on board, Makinde “has not allowed them to function because he produced the chairman.”
While stressing that he would continue to respect the Oyo State Governor as a brother whom he loves, Fayose stated that being a sitting governor does not give Makinde the right to go to another man’s State.
He said, “Nobody should come to my State; if you come to my State, I will face you squarely.”
The meeting, DAILY POST reports, was attended by Engr Deji Doherty, Sikirullahi Ogundele, Sunday Olatunde Akanfe and Bisi Kolawole – the PDP Chairmen for Lagos, Ogun, Osun and Ekiti states respectively.
In a communique signed after the meeting, the PDP in the South West resolved that no State chapter of the party should be ruled by another.
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The PDP Chairmen said the existing zoning formula for the zonal executives of the party should not be tampered with.
Concluding that, “the Eddy Olafeso-led zonal executive only spent two years from November 2017 till date and should be allowed to complete the very credible job they’ve commenced in the South West.”
It was also emphasised that “the team must be allowed to complete its tenure.”
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