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LEADERSHIP TUSSLE: Lagos PDP Endorses Makinde As S’ West Leader

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The Lagos State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), on Saturday, declared that it was endorsing Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State as the leader of the party in the South West.

Lagos PDP leaders, who made the declaration after a meeting with Governor Makinde in Ibadan, the state capital said that they were highly appreciative of the outstanding role the  governor has played in the life of the party.

The party leaders also pledged their unflinching loyalty to the leadership of Governor Makinde in the South West PDP, adding that his leadership style was exemplary.

The Deputy Chairman of the PDP in Lagos State, Alhaji Waliu Hassan, and the former House of representative  member, Hon Rita Orji, who spoke to journalists shortly after a  stakeholders meeting held at the Government House, Agodi, Ibadan, asked the governor to continue his leadership role and never to relent in showing leadership.

According to a statement signed by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Mr. Taiwo Adisa, the party leaders informed that members of the  PDP in Lagos have agreed to continually resolve their crisis amicably so as to ensure that the party takes over the baton of leadership come 2023.

“The purpose of today’s meeting, to be very precise, 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 rancor, move the party forward and we will ensure that the party takes its better seat in 2023”, the duo submitted.

They also hinted that all PDP members in Lagos state have restated their commitment to Governor Seyi Makinde and promised to stand by him always.

“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, ‘Seyi Makinde, and we stand by him anywhere he is going on the issue of the South West.”

They  told newsmen that the full structure of the Lagos PDP Executive attended the meeting, adding that 12 executive council  members were present out of 19,  while all the 17 non -working committee members were also present.

They added: “Yes, it is the full structure of Lagos that is represented here. Out of 19, we have the representation of 12 local government chairmen. And 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.”

On his part, the Caretaker Zonal Chairman of the party, Dayo Ogungbenro affirmed that Governor Makinde remains the undisputed leader of the party in the zone.

Ogungbenro called on other leaders like Ayodele Fayose and others to rally round Makinde with a view to forming a formidable party for future elections.

The event, according to the statement, had in attendance the former Federal House of Representatives member from Lagos State, Honourable Rita Orji, and a host of other party leaders.

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Oyo APC chieftain, Akande calls  for women in government

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A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Oyo state, Prof. Adeolu Akande has called for a review of the nation’s constitution to guarantee involvement of more women  in government.

Professor Akande, who is also the Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), in a statement issued on the International Women’s Day emphasized that it was high time Nigeria took  advantage of the potentials of the female population to enhance quality of governance and fastrack national development.

“The female gender constitutes about 51 percent of the Nigerian population but holds less than 5 percent of executive and legislative offices. The country will do better when it harnesses the great potentials that abound among the Nigerian women folk”

Akande noted that women had risen beyond this limitation to contribute to all sectors of the Nigerian economy which he said is an indication that if they have guaranteed roles in  government, women will do more.

“The history of Nigeria is not complete without copious reference to the contributions of women like Mrs Funmilayo Ransome Kuti,Hajia Sawaba Sambo, Mrs Magret Eyo among others. Today, Nigeria parades eminent women playing leading roles in all sectors of national life. If they could attain these heights in spite of structural hurdles on their path, we can only imagine how well they will contribute to national development if guaranteed more roles in government.

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“We should work towards having  30 percent of executive and legislative offices guaranteed for women. This will ensure that they bring their compassion and other attributes to bear on governance. We shall all be the better for it”, the statement stressed.

It continued, “Also, I want to use this opportunity to counsel against all forms of oppression against women. We should desist from sexualising and objectifying women. It demoralizes them. We should continue the campaign against female genital mutilation. All forms of harassment against women at the work place should be stopped”.

 

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Oyo Coalition Collapse: APC sympathizes with Governor Makinde

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The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Oyo state has blamed Governor Seyi Makinde for the final collapse of the coalition arrangement upon which he got to power in 2019 as the opposition party stated that the governor deserved sympathy in view of the rate at which he was allegedly being deserted by disappointed political gladiators midway into his four-year tenure.

Oyo APC’s submission apparently came against the backdrop of the Tuesday final withdrawal of virtually all the political bigwigs in the camp of former Governor Rashidi Ladoja, from the government of Gov. Makinde and subsequent collapse of all the structures of the Zenith Labour Party (ZLP) at all levels into the opposition APC in the state.

APC in a statement issued in Ibadan and made available to journalists on Thursday by its Caretaker State Chairman, Chief Akin Oke, through his Personal Assistant (media), Olawale Sadare, saluted the courage of all political gladiators who, together with their teeming followers, decided to pitch their tent with the broom party in what has been described by informed pundits as “master stroke against the confused PDP government in the state”.

“It has again been confirmed that Oyo state is a divine project which is destined for success despite the setback suffered in 2019. Now that virtually all the major coalition partners have deserted Gov. Makinde on account of his failure to honour agreement made voluntary and also his inability to perform in office as a worthy successor to Sen. Abiola Ajimobi, attention has shifted to APC and this is understandable.

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“Meanwhile, we can sympathize with Gov. Makinde and the remnants of his political household over their loss of touch even before time. With the kind of power, influence and resources available to an average governor in Nigeria, an average state helmsman who loses so many supporters, allies and benefactors in a few time in office, deserves the pity of all and sundry even though the case of Gov. Makinde was self inflicted and predictable”, Sadare stated.

In the mean time, the leadership of Oyo APC has assured politicians from the camps of Sen. Rashidi Ladoja and ZLP that their joining the APC was a right decision taken and which would not be regretted as “it was a necessary step to arrest the slide in participatory democracy and good governance being foisted again on the state by the PDP administration of Gov. Seyi Makinde.

“We welcome our brothers and sisters from ‘Bodija’ as well as the heroic decision to collapse the entire structures of the ZLP into that of the APC in Oyo state in an unprecedented way. This bold step shall be reciprocated positively as we make bold to state that nobody shall be discriminated against as regards whether they are old or new members. It is even good that this is happening at the time our dear party is carrying out a nationwide membership registration and revalidation exercise.

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“The leadership of Oyo APC has instructed our field officers in all the 4,778 Polling Units across the state to accommodate all the new members and get them registered accordingly while we would soon meet major gladiators on the need to fully integrate everyone into the progressive family which is not even new to most of them. The process of rescuing the Pacesetter state from charlatans has begun in earnest and no well meaning stakeholder or member of the society will be left behind”, the statement continued.

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Oyo ZLP stalwart, others debunk defection to APC

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A Chieftain of the Zenith Labour Party (ZLP) in Oyo state, Comrade Wole Abisoye   and some members of the party have refuted the recent media report that they left the political platform and joined the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Also, the ZLP stakeholders described the report as untrue and misleading.

At a well attended meeting in Ibadan, Oyo state capital, on Wednesday, leadership of the now moribund ZLP insisted that majority of its members have joined the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

They, therefore pledged their loyalty to the  Seyi Makinde- led PDP government in the state.

The meeting, presided over by Comrade Wole Abisoye, former state chairman of ZLP also had in attendance former local government chairmen, stalwarts and other party faithfuls across the thirty-three local governments.

ZLP chieftains, who also attended the stakeholders’ meeting included: Comrade Sulaiman Adedokun, Chief Raimi Jalaruru, Evangelist Suberu Ademola, Hon. Olasunkanmi Okunlola, and Mr Dele Ladoja

Others are,  Hon. Okunola Saheed Ademola, Hon. Kunle Oduola, Mr. Raheem Oguntade Idris, Mrs Bola Olaniyi, among other leaders were in attendance.

The chairman of Governor Advisory Council, Senator Hosea Agboola was also present at the meeting.

Speaking at the meeting, Abisoye maintained that the majority of the ZLP members across the thirty-three local governments have returned to the PDP since two weeks ago.

Debunking the statement that ZLP has been collapsed into the APC and members of Senator Rashidi Ladoja’s political group have also joined the opposition party in the state, Abisoye said nothing could be farther from the truth

He clearly stated  that their political leader and former governor of Oyo state, Senator Ladoja is no longer a card carrying member of any political party.

On the claim of other group that their moving to APC has the blessing of Senator Ladoja, Abisoye warned that nobody should drop the name of Ladoja for their selfish goals.

“When APC senators from Oyo state at various times approached Senator Ladoja to join their party, he (Ladoja)  made no commitment but rather leave the matter to be decided by the leaders of the ZLP”,  Abisoye added.

Giving hindsight on how he and other local government chairmen returned to PDP, the former ZLP chairman said when the Apex members of the party met, he took his stand not to join the APC but PDP.

This according to him led huge numbers of members to move en masse to PDP across the state.

Abisoye added that he was happy that ZLP members have been restored and fully integrated into the PDP, calling on others who have been deceived to move into the All Progressives Congress (APC) to retrace their steps and return to the right place.

Giving reasons for joining the PDP, some leaders who spoke at the meeting acknowledged developmental strides currently going on in every local government of the state.

For this reason, they said gave them conviction to join the train and thereby pledged their unflinching support for the administration of Governor Seyi Makinde.

Remarking at the meeting, Senator Agboola lauded the ZLP stakeholders for taking the crucial decision to “return home” and team up with Governor Makinde’s administration.

He added that they would be treated equally as other members of the party, adding that they would not be left out in the sharing of positions, even after the local government election in May.

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