By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP) electoral committee for the local government primaries in Oyo State, Senator Abdul Ningi has hinted that he process for the primaries election was free, fair and credible.
Senator Ningi dropped this hint in Ibadan while presenting the Committee’s report to Governor Seyi Makinde at the Oyo State Government House, Agodi,
According to Senator Ningi, the electioneering procedure was satisfactory to the committee and that the committee was impressed by the conduct of the primaries.
“So far, so good, the electioneering process is satisfactory to us as a committee. This is among the very best local government primaries that I have attended. I am satisfied, especially with the openness of the state government and the party.
We discovered there was a free and fair election because we went round the metropolis. We went to the outskirts of the city to witness the local council election and we are satisfied with what we have seen.” he said.
Senator Ningi who lauded Governor Makinde for allowing the committee to do their work without any hindrance, thanked the national headquarters of the PDP for sending them to conduct the primaries in the state and as wellurged party members to eschew violence and desperation that can affect the oneness of the party.
“Your emergence as the governor and a leader in the PDP, is a testimony to the services you have rendered to this state. Your Excellency, we are happy that you have accorded us reasonable hospitality. We thank you and the party for giving us access to all the discussions. We thank the national headquarters for sending us to come to Oyo to conduct the primaries. Our party members should eschew violence and desperation.”
Emphasizing that PDP views Oyo State as very strategic in the South-West and that the party wanted to create opportunities for people to make sure there is a sense of belonging, hence the local government election, Senator Ninginoted that his committee ensured that all those that need to know are aware that it was around for the assignment, adding, “we partook in the consultation between the committee set up by the state and the party and we are satisfied. Where we discovered gaps, we called the attention of the leadership of the party to it and it did the needful. Truth is, we cannot satisfy everybody. There will always be losers and winners.”.
Welcoming the committee, Governor Makinde said the good job done by the Ningi-led committee has set the tone for the deepening of democracy in Oyo State, urging that PDP leaders in the state should unite all members of the party, especially those not satisfied with the outcome of the primary exercise, stating that there are many positions left to be filled and that everyone would be carried along.
” I just want to say thank you on behalf of our party and also the government and good people of Oyo State. We want to say thank you for being with us for one week. I am sure you planned for two or three days but you saw what was on ground and decided to do a thorough job, not minding other commitments that you may have had. So, we say thank you to your team for your commitment and dedication to duty.”
Stressing that ” PDP is back for good in the state” the governor said,,”to the entire state, we are saying to you that PDP is back for good. Whereas, the previous administration could not conduct LG election in this state for more than seven years. But we have been here for less than two years and have set the ball rolling” and that his government would consolidate on the good works it has been doing, as the government has begun the process for the conduct of local government elections less than two years after it got office, whereas the previous government did not conduct local government election in seven years.
“For some of our people that are aggrieved because of the outcome of this process, yes, it is only God that can give power to anybody. If it is not your turn today, it may be your turn tomorrow. But one thing we must not do is to pollute the well in which we may want to drink water from in the future. So, please it is time for us to begin the process of reconciliation. We must bring everyone together and ensure there are no victors nor losers.”
He stated further, “Incidentally, exactly this date, two years ago, 9th of March 2019, was the exact date we had the election that brought PDP back into Oyo State. And prior to March 2019, there was no PDP government in the Southwestern part of Nigeria. But on this date, history was made. And on this date, today, you presented the report of the electoral committee to us and what you have done is to, again, set the foundation to deepen democracy in our state and set PDP on the path of consolidation, in Oyo State in particular and South West in general.”