Ramon Owokoniran, General Secretary of the Southwest Region of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) revealed that members were upset when Seyi Makinde, Governor of Oyo State, campaigned for the opposition presidential candidate. Progressive National Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, February 25, 2023.
Owokoniran said party members and non-party members in the region remain saddened that Makinde campaigned for the APC candidate at the expense of their party’s presidential flag bearer, Atiku Abubakar, noting that should not use what was passed in the presidential election in this state. to determine Makinde’s re-election on March 18.
Speaking to The Punch, Owokoniran said the governor led the group to believe he was not against Abubakar until the last minute.
“The South-West PDP is not happy with the development that Makinde campaigned for another presidential candidate at the detriment of our candidate. All the while, the governor made us believe that he wasn’t against the candidate.
“So, what eventually played out is that people are not happy and I’m not just talking about the party members but non-party members too; even the anger is more experienced by people outside the party who believed that the decision shouldn’t have taken him that far.
“What transpired in the last election will definitely impact the governorship and state House of Assembly elections but I don’t think it should be enough for us not to deliver the states.”
Recall that Makinde belongs to the faction of PDP known as the G-5 governors, which includes Samuel Ortom of Benue State, Okezie Ikpeazu (Abia), Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi (Enugu), and Nyesom Wike of Rivers State, which clamored that the presidential ticket of the party should be zoned to the southern part of the country.
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