By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
The immediate past governor of Ekiti State, Mr. Ayodele Fayose on Monday publicly acknowledged Governor Seyi Makinde as the father and leader of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the South West region,
Addressing PDP delegates from across the 6 South West states at the WOCDIF Centre, Osogbo venue of the South-West PDP Zonal Congress, the former Ekiti State governor said, “‘ Governor Seyi Makinde, is the father and leader of the party in the zone”.The former governor cautioned that their supporters should not be allowed to drive a wedge between the leaders, as he would readily accept the leadership of Ambassador. Taofeek Arapaja if he wins the election, saying there would be no victor or vanquished in the election.
Emphasizing that the issues arising over the SW PDP Zonal election were mere family affair of the PDP, former governor Ayodele Fayose stressed that Governor Makinde has been making impact in Oyo State and that he would not fail.
“Thank you for the endurance and tolerance we have all gone through. The issue of this congress is a circumstantial one, which is still in the public domain. Who is the leader? Governor Seyi Makinde is our leader.Therefore, we should not allow, particularly those who are our supporters and lovers, continue to put a wedge in between us”, he said.
Former Gov Fayose added, ” our leaders; Governors Oyinlola, Oni and former Deputy Senate Majority Whip and all serving senators, I want to assure you that we will make exploits together because this must not divide us. I stand here to tell you today that either way it goes, I will accept it. Therefore, if Arapaja becomes chairman, I will be the first to visit him in Ibadan because there is nothing that will last forever”.
“Nobody has offended me and if I have offended anybody, I sincerely apologise. “Don’t let them give us the name we do not bear in Yorubaland. I want to say again that Governor Seyi Makinde has made impact in Oyo State and he won’t fail. Seyi Makinde and I are one. No matter what, he is our father and may God continue to do wonders through Him.”
Speaking, Governor Seyi Makinde said “whatever the outcome of congress is, it would be accepted in the spirit of a family contest”, adding that the Congress “is an attempt to reposition the South-West PDP, though it has ramifications for the party nationally.”
“This is an attempt to reposition our party in the South-West. But it has ramifications for our party nationally. So, whatever the outcome is, we will take it in the spirit of a family contest. We don’t want to defeat ourselves but we want to defeat the APC. So, at the end of this exercise, I promise you that there will be no victor and no vanquish”, he said.
The governor added, “as your only Governor in this zone, whoever emerges belongs to me and I will work with the team to reposition our party in the South-West. So, let me thank you ahead for a peaceful and orderly conduct,”