*says 2022 Ekiti, Osun guber polls a must win for PDP
By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
Oyo State Governor, Engineer Seyi Makinde on Wednesday said that Nigerians are tired of bad governance and maladministration.of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the party will not rule Nigeria beyond 2023.
Speaking in Ibadan at the inauguration of South-West PDP Zonal Executives, Governor Makinde disclosed that Nigerians are ready to kick APC out of power at the polls come 2023, adding that the redemption of Nigeria has begun from the South-West geopolitical zone.
He stressed that the unity of the PDP will secure victory for the party in the South-West and Nigeria as APC cannot be allowed to rule the country beyond 2023 for the country to be able to address the challenges of insecurity and economic recession, which have been rampant under the APC government.
” We need to show the entire country that we are ready to take power back at the centre. I was reading in the newspaper where a national leader of the APC said that the APC will be in power beyond 2023. I want to say it is a big lie. Let them hear that from this South-West PDP Congress, the redemption of Nigeria has started. Nigerians are tired of all the mis – governance of the APC at the national level”, he said.
Governor Makinde noted, “is it insecurity? Is it economic meltdown? Is it the aloofness of the entire leadership of government at the national level? Is that what is giving them the assurance of continuing beyond 2023? No, Nigerians will not take that.”
Lauding the peaceful transfer of power in South-West PDP, the governor said, “I want to also congratulate you, the Chairman and other zonal executive members of the South-West PDP and pray that you will steer the ship of the party to a fair haven”.
“As I said before we started voting at the congress, it is a family affair and our intention was not to defeat ourselves but to bring forward our best materials, which we can use to defeat APC. And I am glad that our best materials for the South-West are seated right before me” .
Governor Makinde while charging the new SW PDP executive members to bring aggrieved members back to the fold, the governor said, “yes, you have your work cut out for you. We don’t want anyone staying on the outside and throwing stones on the inside. We want you to go out to anyone in PDP South-West that may be aggrieved, bring them inside. So, we have to ensure that all our members are brought back to the fold, because unity is what we desire and unity is what will win the zone for us”
” Yes, I have been accused that I have not reached out to some personalities in the party. It is true but I was not the one who won the election. I think it is the winner of the election that is supposed to put a call through to those party members. In any case, I will call them at my own time. As a matter of fact, now that we have inaugurated our excos, I will call them.”
He maintained further, “if we look at the PDP setup nationally, South-West is in the same situation as North-Central. The strongest zone so far is the South-South geopolitical zone. For us in the South-West, it is time to ensure that we take our rightful position before the general elections in 2023.
” South-West is the only zone that has two off-season elections before 2023. So, can you now see that your job is already waiting for you? Let us just even step back for one minute: if the PDP wins the two elections, what do you think will happen in the 2023 general elections? So, that is why it is important that we don’t give the room for those hell-bent on destroying our chance in the South-West because the stakes are really very high not only for the zone but for the country”
He emphasized that the 2022 governorship elections in Ekiti and Osun states are must-win for the PDP, saying, “these states -Osun and Ekiti – will hold elections next year and it is a must-win election for us. For me, I stand before you the newly inaugurated zonal executive committee for PDP South West, that I will support you”
” The newly-inaugurated South-West PDP Chairman, Ambassador Taofeek Arapaja, while speaking said the most important thing to him and members of the Zonal exco is to return the lost glory of PDP in the zone and that the new zonal exco will ensure that credible and acceptable candidates are presented for elections.
“This time, not five out of six but the entire South-West zone will be won for the PDP. I shall dispense all powers at my disposal to justify the confidence reposed in me by His Excellency, Engr. Seyi Makinde, and all leaders of the party at the congress of April 12, 2021, and the confidence of the entire members of PDP in zone.”