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Trouble for Fayose as Lagos PDP declares support for Governor Makinde as South-West PDP leader

Seyi Makinde, the Governor of Oyo State

The Lagos State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has declared its support for Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State as the South-West leader of the opposition party.

Alhaji Waliu Hassan, the Deputy Chairman of the Lagos PDP, after a meeting with Governor Makinde at the Oyo Government House in Ibadan, lauded Makinde over his role in the sustenance of the PDP. He pledged loyalty to the governor as the South-West leader of the party.

Also speaking to journalists after the meeting, Rita Orji, a former House of Representative member, told the governor not to relent in hi leadership roles.

“The purpose of today’s meeting is to thank Governor Makinde for standing by the party and to pledge total loyalty to his leadership of the South-West. No more, no less.

“We can tell you that the governor does not want anything from us. He, as the Chief Security Officer of Oyo State, needs nothing from the party. Rather, we are the ones who came all the way from Lagos to plead with him to keep leading the party.

“We resolved to, irrespective of any rancour, move the party forward and we will ensure that the party takes its better seat in 2023. We did not come here to discuss who takes anything for zonal congress. The congress will soon come up and for all we care, we have come to restate our commitment to our own governor.

“It is the full structure of Lagos that is represented here. Out of 19, we have the representation of 12 local government chairmen. We also have 17 complete non-working committee members of state exco here present.

“We have the deputy chairman of the party here. We have the secretary, legal adviser and the entire party structure of Lagos State here. This is a complete House of PDP, Lagos State.”

Governor Makinde and ex-Governor Ayodele Fayose had been in a battle for the leadership of the South-West PDP.

According to Fayose, Makinde as the only PDP governor in the South-West does not automatically qualify him as the leader of the party in the region.

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