No one can distract me from ensuring unity in Southwest PDP – Gov. Makinde

Oyo State Governor, Engineer Seyi Makinde, will not be distracted in his determination to ensure a strong and united Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the South-West geopolitical zone.

This comes on the heel of a statement by former Ekiti State governor, Ayodele Fayose warning Governor Seyi Makinde to stay away from the politics of the Peoples Democratic Party PDP in Ekiti State and Southwest, excluding Oyo State.

A statement by the governor’s Special Adviser on Strategy and Political Matters, Mr Babatunde Oduyoye states that Governor Makinde will not be deterred by opposition to his reconciliatory efforts and plans to bring unity and cohesion to the PDP in the South-West.

The statement notes that the governor has been doing his best both as elected governor of Oyo State and as a leader of note within the PDP structure.

Mr Oduyoye maintained that Governor Makinde would remain focused on delivering good governance in Oyo State in fulfillment of the mandate entrusted to him by the good people of Oyo State, adding that the governor will also continue to play roles considered to be in the overall interests of the PDP in the Southwest zone and nationally.

The political adviser counselled those who might want to paint Governor Makinde as meddling in the affairs of the party in their states to check themselves against the barometer of honesty, altruism and selflessness.

He said: “Upon his assumption of office in May 2019, Governor Makinde embarked on a mission to bring about unity and cohesion in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) across all the states of the Southwest geopolitical zone.

“To date, he has achieved a level of success in that effort and the party has not only become stronger, it is also better positioned for more successes in the zone.”

“The governor was in Lagos State to reconcile all sides and the whole world can see the outcome of that effort. He is playing the same role in Osun and Ekiti states, consulting everyone and seeking middle grounds for hitherto warring sides. I believe the opposition from some quarters in Ekiti State is a fallout of the peace effort being championed by the governor.

He further said: “The governor will not back down from any effort that will bring about genuine reconciliation and strengthen the PDP in Ekiti State or any other state of the Southwest for that matter, because he is of a strong conviction that it is by  repositioning  the party that all stakeholders can enjoy a win-win situation.

“For Governor Makinde, developing Oyo State is non-negotiable. He will continue to remain ever committed to rebuilding Oyo State as can be seen in the various efforts to fix the infrastructure deficit, revitalise the health sector and put in place solid policies for the turnaround of the education system.

“We will strongly advise that stakeholders in the PDP whether in Ondo or Ekiti states should not allow themselves to be used by the opposition to distract Governor Makinde and derail the PDP.

PR/Iyabo Adebisi

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