- The crisis rocking the southwest chapter of the PDP might not be ending any time soon
- Ex-governor Olagunsoye Oyinlola was commissioned by the leadership of the party to reconcile Ayodele Fayose and Governor Makinde of Oyo state
- But Fayose said he would not attend any reconciliation meeting with the Oyo governor
Ayodele Fayose, a former governor of Ekiti state, has denied plans to attend a reconciliation meeting with Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo state on Friday, March 5.
The Punch reports that Fayose and Makinde have polarised the southwest Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as a result of their differences.
Legit.ng gathered that both party leaders have been supporting different factions as they have nominated different men and women for party positions in the forthcoming zonal congress of the party in the southwest.
The report noted that their supporters have also been accusing and abusing their leaders, calling them unprintable names.
A former governor of Osun state, Olagunsoye Oyinlola, has reportedly convened a peace meeting to resolve the matter between Fayose and Makinde.
Oyinlola's earlier meetings in southwest states had been shunned by Fayose's supporters, who alleged that any meeting called by Oyinlola “is self-serving and for personal gains.”
While reacting to reports that he would be attending a reconciliation meeting with Makinde, Fayose said he had no business with the so-called meeting.
“My attention has been drawn to a publication that I will attend a reconciliation meeting by former Governor Olagunsoye Oyinlola, today (Friday). Let me state clearly that I have no business with Prince Oyinlola’s so-called reconciliation.”
The newspaper reported that the crisis between Fayose and Makinde started over the latter’s role in the Ekiti PDP crisis as well as the leadership of the party in the southwest.
The strife, which has lingered for some months, had even recently seen the aides of the two engaging in a war of words on social media.
Fayose had insisted that Makinde was not the PDP leader in the southwest, noting that leadership should be earned and not for anyone as a title.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the national leadership of the PDP was asked to call the former governor of Ekiti to order to avoid destroying the party in the southwest.
It was reported that the plea was made by a group, Concerned Southwest Professionals (CSP), on Thursday, February 25, saying that Fayose's antics were capable of ruining the party in the zone.
The group said the former governor is on assignment in the southwest to create division within PDP in order to actualise the presidential ambition of his new godfather in the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu.
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