Governor ‘Seyi Makinde of Oyo State has countered Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, declaring that the bad governance and maladministration of the APC will not extend beyond 2023.
Governor Makinde, who stated this on Wednesday, during the inauguration of the South-West PDP Zonal Executives, held at the Government House, Agodi, Ibadan, said that the redemption of the country has begun from the South-West geopolitical zone.
A statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Mr. Taiwo Adisa, quoted him as saying that the unity of the PDP will secure victory for the party in the South-West and Nigeria.
GreenWhiteGreen had quoted Tinubu as saying on Tuesday that the APC will extend its rule beyond 2023 during a visit to President Muhammadu Buhari. Makinde, however, countered him the following day, on Wednesday.
The governor, who emphasised that the APC cannot be allowed to rule the country beyond 2023, said that there is the urgent need to address the challenges of insecurity and economic recession, which have been rampant under the APC government.
He said: “I want to thank you all for the peaceful transfer of power in South-West PDP. I want to also congratulate you, the Chairman and other zonal executive members of the South-West PDP and pray that you will steer the ship of the party to a fair haven.
The governor equally charged the new executive members to bring aggrieved members back to the fold.
He added: “Yes, you have your work cut out for you. We don’t want anyone staying on the outside and throwing stones on the inside. We want you to go out to anyone in PDP South-West that may be aggrieved, bring them inside. So, we have to ensure that all our members are brought back to the fold, because unity is what we desire and unity is what will win the zone for us.”
“Yes, I have been accused that I have not reached out to some personalities in the party. It is true but I was not the one who won the election. I think it is the winner of the election that is supposed to put a call through to those party members. In any case, I will call them at my own time. As a matter of fact, now that we have inaugurated our excos, I will call them.
Governor Makinde, who expressed the commitment to support the new zonal executives, added that the governorship elections in Ekiti and Osun states are must-win for the PDP.
When Makinde Countered Tinubu On APC Extending Its Rule Beyond 2023
“Those states -Osun and Ekiti – will hold elections next year and it is a must-win election for us. For me, I stand before you the newly inaugurated zonal executive committee for PDP South West, that I will support you. Yes, we still have quite a bit to chew through but I don’t have any doubt that with the quality of people that we have in this zonal exco and the quality of representation that we will be having at the national executive committee of our party, the South-West has found its voice.
In his remark, the newly-inaugurated South-West PDP Chairman, Ambassador Taofeek Arapaja, said the most important thing to him and members of the Zonal exco is to return the lost glory of PDP in the zone.
He added that the new zonal exco will ensure that credible and acceptable candidates are presented for elections.
He said: “This time, not five out of six but the entire South-West zone will be won for the PDP. I shall dispense all powers at my disposal to justify the confidence reposed in me by His Excellency, Engr. Seyi Makinde, and all leaders of the party at the congress of April 12, 2021, and the confidence of the entire members of PDP in zone.”