By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
Oyo State Governor, Engineer Seyi Makinde on Thursday stressed that there is need for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to get all its tendencies together in the South West and Nigeria.
Speaking in Ibadan while receiving the report of the Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola led seven-man reconciliation committee, Governor Makinde stressed that this was as a result of the recent defections of some PDP members to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) .
” Between when this committee was set up and now, I believe two governors from the party’s platform have defected to the APC. A number of our lawmakers at the national level; senators, members of the House of Representatives are defecting. Yes, the Congress has basically come and gone but our party is still in need of getting all the tendencies together, not just in the South-West but even nationally” , he said
Governor Makinde added, ” so, this report is coming at the right time for us to go ahead, look at it and still try to pull our people together irrespective of the outcome of the zonal congress. I want to thank the Reconciliation Committee for presenting the report.”
” This is a confirmation that when elders are somewhere, they do not do their job halfway but they complete it. Actually, we have quite a bit to learn from our elders and from how you have done things in the past.”
Appreciating the members of the committee for the job and for their selflessness, stressed that the report would be implemented in the overall interest of the PDP in the South-West zone and nationally, the governor emphasized that Nigeria as a whole, “is in dire need of men and women of conscience, who are thinking progressively about this country”.
” That is why, a few days ago, the governors from the Southern part of the country came together and, without thinking of party affiliations, we took far-reaching decisions in the interest of this country; in the interest of fairness, equity and justice for everybody in the country.”
Governor Makinde maintained that the report of the reconciliation committee would be handed over to the zonal executive of the party, who are now the rallying point for the party in the zone.
” As of the time this was put together, I was acting as the rallying point for our party in the South West. But now, we have the zonal executive members in place and they are now the true rallying point for the people within the South-West. They will be invited; we will hand this over to them and we will probably call an expanded zonal meeting where leaders of thought can come together and put a plan in place for the South West and how we are going to interact with other zones in the country, because we know that the National Convention is practically upon us”
The governor stressed that the solutions suggested by the committee will lead to an “implementation that will lift our party in the zone and in the country.”
Presenting the report on behalf of the committee, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola appreciated Governor Makinde for giving the committee the opportunity, and that the committee has been able to collate the problems and possible solutions.
Prince Oyinlola urged Governor Makinde and party leaders to look into all recommendations made in the report, as, according to him, they will go a long way to keep the party in good stead in the South-West zone, saying, “I want to thank you for giving us the opportunity to come and present to you the reconciliation report of the committee, which was set up around November, 2020”.
“We have been able to collate the problems and possible solutions. This team was put in place by the stakeholders of the South-West zone with the mandate to go round the six states of the zone and identify the areas of problems within our party and we did all we can to ensure we reconcile the warring factions”, he said.
“We were able to achieve that by visiting all the six states within the zone. We plead that you look at the report and execute the recommendations we made as it will go a long way to keep our party in good stead in the South West zone.”
Members of the committee present at the presentation ceremony includes, Prince Oyinlola [Chairman], Barr. Olayinka Kukoyi [secretary], Chief Saka Balogun and Ambassador Omolade OluwateruENDS.