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Lagos PDP backs Makinde for party’s South-West leadership

Akinwale Aboluwade
The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP in Lagos State has expressed its readiness to endorse Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State as the leader of the party in the South-West.
The Deputy Chairman of the PDP in Lagos State, Alhaji Waliu Hassan, made the disclosure after a meeting with Governor Makinde in Ibadan on Saturday.
Hassan, who lauded the outstanding role the governor in the sustenance of the party, pledged members’ loyalty to him as a force to reckon with in the South-West PDP.

In the same vein, the former House of Representatives member, Rita Orji, while addressing journalists after the stakeholders’ meeting held at the Government House, Agodi, Ibadan, urged the governor not to relent in his leadership roles.

The Lagos PDP chapter, while expressing its resolve to ensure amicable resolution of conflicts within its fold, said, “The purpose of today’s meeting is to thank Governor Makinde for standing by the party and to pledge total loyalty to his leadership of the South-West. No more, no less.
“We can tell you that the governor does not want anything from us. He, as the Chief Security Officer of Oyo State, needs nothing from the party. Rather, we are the ones who came all the way from Lagos to plead with him to keep leading the party in the South-West.
“We resolved to, irrespective of any rancour, move the party forward and we will ensure that the party takes its better seat in 2023. We did not come here to discuss who takes anything for zonal congress. The congress will soon come up and for all we care, we have come to restate our commitment to our own governor.
“It is the full structure of Lagos that is represented here. Out of 19, we have the representation of 12 local government chairmen. We also have 17 complete non-working committee members of state exco here present. We have the deputy chairman of the party here. We have the secretary, legal adviser and the entire party structure of Lagos State here. This is a complete House of PDP, Lagos State.”
The Caretaker Zonal Chairman of the party, Dayo Ogungbenro affirmed that Governor Makinde remains the undisputed leader of the party in the South-West. Ogungbenro urged former Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose and others to rally round Makinde with a view to forming a formidable force for future elections.

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