- Governor Seyi Makinde is just inches away from becoming PDP's southwest leader
- Makinde on Saturday, January 16, got the full support of Lagos PDP to attain this envied position
- Among chieftains of the party who have thrown their weight behind the Oyo governor is Rita Orji, a former House of Reps member
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Governor Seyi Makinde has been endorsed by the Lagos chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the bid to become the southwest leader.
This was revealed on Saturday, January 16, by Waliu Hassan, the deputy chairperson of the PDP in Lagos after a meeting with Makinde at Oyo Government House, Premium Times reports.
In his conversation with journalists, Hassan noted that Makinde's diligence has made him a force to be reckoned with in the PDP.
Added to this, Rita Orji, a former House of Representatives member, said a PDP delegation came all the way from Lagos to pledge support for the Oyo governor.
“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."
Meanwhile, in its efforts to tame the raging crisis over who becomes the leader of the party in the southwest between Makinde and the former governor of Ekiti state, Ayodele Fayose, the PDP had assigned a new role to Bukola Saraki-led committee.
The National Working Committee (NWC) of the party noted that the crisis is a threat to its survival in the southwest ahead of the 2023 general elections.
Legit.ng gathered that the NWC mandated Saraki-led committee to resolve the feud between the two zonal party chieftains, as part of efforts at repositioning the PDP in the southwest.
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