By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
A Peoples Democratic Party ( PDP) governorship aspirant in Oyo State, Engineer Seyi Makinde on Tuesday pleaded with the former governor of the state, Senator Rashidi Ladoja and his supporters not to dump PDP.
Engineer Makinde gave the appeal in a statement made available to newsmen in Ibadan by the Seyi Makinde Organisation signed by Prince Dotun Oyelade.
The PDP governorship aspirant maintained that there was no basis for the PDP leader in Oyo state
( Senator Rashidi Ladoja) to resolve into dumping PDP over the harmonisation issue considering the former governor’s leadership role and the collective desire of Oyo state people for a change of baton come 2019.
“I am privileged to be referred to as one of your political sons and which you yourself confirmed on a radio programme two days ago. Therefore as a true son of a valiant father, I hereby humbly but strongly appeal to you not to contemplate leaving the house that we are jointly trying to roof, just before the raining season”he said.
Engineer Makinde emphasized that ” such a decision, coming from a tested leader will leave the people confused as majority of party members and indeed the masses in Oyo state are already excited about the prospect of genuine regime change that will fulfill its electoral promises and respect Institutions and elders.”
According to the PDP governorship aspirant, the “issue of harmonization of party executives which is being blown out of proportion appears to be the most realistic arrangement to actualize our objective because political expediency narratives are determined by circumstances on the ground.”
Engineer Makinde added ” in our own party, the PDP at the National level learnt a bitter lesson from 2015 debacle where only one tendency was saddled with control of the party hence it became imperative for the National Working Committee to ensure an all- inclusive state executive is put in place to avoid going to war with a divided army. Like others, who desire Positive change via PDP under your Leadership in state I strongly believe no single tendency can do it all alone.”
“What does it profit you Sir, to abandon your children and allow by default the perpetration of anti-youth employment policy as graphicised in the current 2018 budget to continue? God forbid. You and I will not allow it, and the millions of youths who are pining away in abject lack in spite of going to school and who were deceived to being foot soldiers in 2015 will obviously resist it legitimately. And this is why Sir, that the prospect of leaving the party is not an option.'”