By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
Governor Seyi Makinde has tasked the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leadership to ensure proper restructuring of the party.
The governor stated this while commissioning the Umuakatawom – Osaa-Okea-Ohuru Road in Obingwa Local Government Area of Abia State.
According to the governor, if the PDP as a political party cannot restructure itself, it will be difficult for the party to restructure Nigeria as a country.
Governor Makinde emphasized that
as far as he is concerned, he is not interested in becoming Chairman of the PDP Governors Forum as been speculated in some quarters, saying, there is an order of succession in the party and the South is not after the position.
“I saw on the internet yesterday; people were saying Seyi Makinde has been appointed as the Chairman of the PDP governor forum. It is a lie from the pit of hell.
And even if they give it to me, I will not accept because there is order. If the chairman resigns, the deputy chairman will take the position. That is how you have order in a process”, he said.
The governor added, “And that is not what we are fighting for. We are not fighting for the Southern part of this country to have the Chairmanship of the PDP governors forum. We are saying that if PDP has promised to restructure Nigeria and we cannot restructure PDP, we are not ready to restructure Nigeria. That is the fact”.
“There have been issues that are foundational. If you read the proceedings of the constitutional conference that led to Nigeria’s independence you will know that there were issues then and if since 1960, we have not been able to get things right, of course, they may say the unitary command of the military structure affected us.’
Governor Makinde stressed, ‘ but we have been practicing democracy since 1999 and if we are not able to take a part that will lead to sustainable development, we should try something else.”