By Iyabo Adebisi

Oyo State Governor, Engineer Seyi Makinde has expressed confidence that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) remained strong and united in the state and would win the forthcoming local government elections as a result of his government’s people-oriented programmes.

He stated this in Iseyin while welcoming the senatorial candidate of the Accord Party in Oyo North Senatorial District and former member of the House of Representatives on the platform of the APC, Shina Peller, into the PDP.

Governor Makinde, who was represented by the Deputy Governor, Bayo Lawal called on new and old members of the party to work in unison to deliver candidates of the PDP in the local government polls.

The governor urged PDP members, especially in Oke-Ogun and Ogbomoso to support and welcome the defectors with a large heart for the party to continue to wax stronger, as according to him, there is enough room for everyone to operate.

He said: “I want to greet our party leaders and elders who are here at this event. Being progressive without power is zero but we want power in Iseyinland, Oke-Ogun, Ogbomoso and Oyo State in general. This is why Shina Peller is joining the party that gives power to the people.

“When you are looking for something within a particular place and you don’t get it, won’t you leave the place and go to another place where you can find it?

“I want to assure Peller that he and other followers won’t regret joining the PDP and a lot of benefits will come to them, undoubtedly.

“I want to also greet the Aseyin of Iseyinland, Kabiyesi Oba Sefiu Oyebola. There has been progress in this land during his reign. The developments that each zone in the state has witnessed since Governor Makinde came on board are remarkable and I believe we all want all of these to continue.

“I want to urge the PDP members to join hands together with Peller and his followers for the progress of our party. Let us integrate and support them as we welcome them into our fold.

“We know the local government election is forthcoming and we want the PDP to win in all the polling units.

In a remark, Mr Shina Peller pointed out that the developmental strides and the visionary leadership of Governor Makinde were the reasons for his and his followers’ defection into the PDP.

He pledged their unalloyed support for the continuity of dividends of democracy in Oke Ogun and the state in general through the governor, commending the governor for his laudable project and linking all the zones together through road infrastructure.

Earlier, the Oyo State PDP Chairman, Dayo Ogungbero, who was represented by the Deputy State Chairman, James Olukunle, described the defection of Peller and his followers as a step in the right direction, charging the new entrants to remain loyal and faithful to the party.

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