Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo state has placed a caveat to the south west support for the presidential candidacy of Atiku Abubakar: Dr. Iyorcha Ayu, the chairman of the party must vacate the seat. Anything short of this, he said, is unacceptable to the Southwest caucus of thir party, Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
Makinde said this during Atiku campaign team interactive session with Southwest stakeholders in Ibadan on Wednesday.
He said the resolution is part of the demand of the members of the party across the Southwest region, saying if the party is committed to its plan of unifying Nigerians and restructuring it, it must begin from the party.
According to Makinde, if the issue is addressed, especially, changing the face of the party ahead of the election, the Southern part of the country will feel included in the top hierarchy of the party, noting that the current structure tilts power and position to a particular part of the country against the other.
Speaking on behalf of the Southwest, Makinde said although the PDP has the capacity to win the 2023 general elections, it must start with restructuring itself to have all the members on the same page.
Makinde said “We are where we want to talk. There’s a saying that when two brothers go into a room to talk and they come out laughing, they say, the likelihood is that, they have not told themselves the truth. But, when two brothers come out looking forlorn, that means they must have told themselves the truth.
“People have spoken here and they have spoken about the positive sides of things but we do have challenges in our party. We have issues to address but one good thing is we have the capacity to address those issues.