What PDP governors want from Secondus - Makinde

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What PDP govs want from Secondus - Gov. Seyi Makinde

The Governor of Oyo State, Seyi Makinde, has said Peoples Democratic Party Governors’ Forum expected the outgoing National Chairman of the PDP, Uche Secondus to stabilize the party.

Makinde stated this on Thursday while featuring on Politics Today, a current affairs program on Channels Television.

He denied that members of the Peoples Democratic Party Governors’ Forum were mounting pressure on Secondus to withdraw his case against the party from the court.

Makinde said the governors only expected Secondus to give back to the party after all the outgoing chairman has achieved.

He said, “We cannot put pressure on him. These are adults; these are leaders in their own rights. When you are leading a state, it does not happen just like that. No. You must have gone through a process. You must have been scrutinized by people of your state before you are deemed fit to occupy the status or position of a state governor.”

Makinde also spoke on the likely effect of the case instituted by Secondus on the forthcoming national convention of the PDP.

According to the governor, members of the PDP who have failed to deploy the internal dispute resolution mechanism of the party before dragging it before courts, especially towards frustrating the forthcoming national convention, should not be allowed to benefit from the party.

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Makinde said, “This is a democratic party. We believe in the judiciary. By all means, he can go ahead with his case. But we have mechanisms internally for the party to resolve issues within ourselves and I still believe that that mechanism is still there.”

On the allegation that Secondus was unfairly treated, Makinde said, “This is somebody that, at the inception of this Fourth Republic, he was the chairman of the party in Rivers State. Then, he moved from Rivers to the national (leadership). He was the National Organising Secretary of the party. He was Deputy National Chairman. He was Acting Chairman and he was the National Chairman. I would think that he has benefitted so much from the party and the least we expected from him was to really give back to the party and be a stabilizer for the party.”

The governor added that if he was in Secondus’ shoes, “I would listen to the voice of reasoning.”

Makinde also disclosed that he had settled with a former governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose over the leadership of the PDP in the South-West.

“We have put all of that behind us; that was before the PDP zonal congress. We are done with the zonal congress. It has come and gone. I am going to be at Governor Fayose’s son’s wedding on Saturday,” he said.

The Oyo state governor also denied having presidential or vice-presidential ambition in the 2023 general elections.