. As Anenih Tells Ministers to Take Charge of SW PDP
President Goodluck Jonathan and the leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) are leaving no stone unturned on plans by the party to regain the South-West.
To this effect, the President, the PDP National Chairman and Chairman Board of Trustees of PDP met with south-west leaders, led by Chief Bode George and took concrete decisions on how to fully regain the south-west, starting with the governorship elections in Ekiti and Osun States scheduled for this year.
Jonathan’s meeting with the South-west leaders was prompted by a special dinner organised by the south-west leaders for the newly appointed Chief Of Staff to the President Brigadier-General Jones Oladehinde Arogbofa.
The Special Dinner held at the Maitama residence of Chief Olabode George also had in attendance Senator Musiliu Obanikoro, the newly appointed Director General of the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA), Sola Omole and others.
Jonathan who was represented by his Deputy, Architect Namadi Sambo expressed delight on what he described as a good assemblage of Yoruba leaders at the meeting, stating that the prompt responses by the leaders had indicated that the PDP in South-West was more prepared to take over the region by 2015.
He told the Yorba leaders that Jonathan was to be in their midst for the meeting as a mark of respect he had for the South-West, but for pressing official duties which prevented him.
Sambo, clad in snow white agbada with a brown Yoruba cap, said the appointment of General Arogbofa and others from the south-west into the federal cabinet was a fulfilment of the promises earlier made by President Jonathan, just as he indicated that the President would still do more for the zone.
He lamented the loss of the south-west by PDP to the opposition party as he attributed the short-coming to absence of unity among the PDP leaders in the zone.
He charged the south-west leaders not to allow the All Peoples Congress (APC) a space in the coming elections in Ekiti, Ondo and the next general election.
Sambo likened the APC acronym to some drugs which, according to him, had been banned in Nigeria, suggesting to the PDP south-west leaders to continue to treat the APC as a party that had literally been banned.
Earlier, the PDP Board of Trustees Chairman, Chief Tony Anenih noted that with the caliber of Yoruba political actors and the desires they were radiating for PDP at the meeting, he was rest assured that party would soon regain the south-west.
Like the vice President, Anenih blamed the loss of south-west by PDP on internal wrangling among the leaders, while he charged the PDP south-west to close ranks for the benefit of the party in future elections.
Anenih said for PDP to regain the lost grounds in the south-west, every serving minister from the zone would henceforth take over the leadership role by ensuring proper coordination and funding of the in their zone.
The PDP National Chairman, Alhaji Adamu Mu’azu who was accompanied to the meeting by Senator Hope Uzodinma, the Party’s National Secretary Professor, Wale Oladipo and Auditor, Alhaji Adeyanju Adewole, said his personal love for the Yoruba and their ways of life would always prompt him to ensure the return of the south-west zone to the center by 2015.
Mu’azu canvassed for unity, peace and understanding among the PDP south-west leaders and members, just as he urged the leaders not to leave former President Olusegun Obasanjo behind in their consultations and considerations.
The convener of the meeting and the dinner, Chief Bode George had expressed appreciation to the gesture by President Jonathan in bringing more south-west representatives into the cabinet, as according to him, the President did so in response to recommendations to that effect by some Yoruba leaders who had been meeting him.
He said the PDP south-west was now better prepared and inspired to wrest power from the APC, vowing that members would do all in their capacity to ensure that the Party takes over all the states of the south-west by 2015.
At the meeting were Chief Ebenizer Babatope, Prof Tunde Adeniran, Musiliu Obanikoro, Dr Adesina Akinwumi, Agric Minister, Chief Remi Adiukwu, Hon Mulikat Adeola Akande, Chief Jubril Martins Kuye, Ayo Fayose, Senator Isiaka Adeleke, Barrister Olusola Oke, Kashamu Buruji, Elder Wole Oyelese, Professor Taoheed Adedoja, Erelu Olusola Obada, Engr Segun Oni Dr Kayode Obambe, Francis Adenigba Fadahunsi, Eddy Olafeso and Chief Dosu Ladipo.
Others include, Chief Olasunkanmi Akinlabi, Engr Ezekiel Jide Adeniyi, Hon Ajibola Muraina, Hon Wole Oke, Apostle Dave Salako, Hon Kayode Amusan, Dr Bode Olajumoke, Prince Adetokunbo Kayode, Dr Frederick Fasheun, Chief Yomi Akintola, Alhaji Hazeem Gbolarumi, Hon Gbenga Elegbeleye, Segun Adeleke, Prince Olufemi Aduwo, Eddy Olafeso, Chief Ishola Filani, Alhaji Tajudeen and others.