- A chieftain of the PDP, King Okuneye, has commended the Governor Makinde's leadership roles in the southwest
- Okuneye said that Makinde has brought sanity, fairness and equity to the southwest PDP
- The party's chieftain, however, lambasted the former governor of Ekiti state, Ayo Fayose for his failure to recognise Makinde as his leader
King Okuneye, a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has described the governor of Oyo state, Seyi Makinde for his leadership roles in the southwest of Nigeria.
Legit.ng reports that the party leader stated that that governor has brought a paradigm change of political leadership in the southwest zone of the country.
In a statement issued on Monday, March 15, and seen by Legit.ng, Okuneye said that Makinde has won the hearts of both the young and old in and outside politics across the divide with noiseless but purposeful rejig of Nigeria's polity, through infrastructural remold of the state.
“Makinde is one of the few governors in Nigeria today and most especially in the PDP doing great things, changing the political landscape with genuine people-oriented policies and actions.
“I make bold to say that a thoroughbred model of Yoruba 'Omoluabi' has indeed emerged. Our youths have no excuse not to do the right thing even in face of intimidation and political gerrymandering. If Seyi Makinde has done it, then you too can do it. SM as he is fondly called by his admirers, followers and even detractors, will leave no stone unturned to restore the glory of PDP.
Okuneye said that Makinde has clearly blazed the trails as people's servant in politics, saying that a few persona none granta in southwest are all out for greed laced pecuniary gains.
The PDP leader maintained that going by the governor’s antecedents, he was convinced and pledged maximum support and unwavering commitment to the party’s symbol- Makinde in the region.
Okuneye stressed that Makinde's politicking has been adjudged as a very unique sample of qualitative leadership that is worthy of emulation, pointing out that he was confident that the role he played in repositioning the glory of Yoruba people and restoring their self-esteem in the face of deliberate political alienation would be celebrated.
He, however, berated the former governor of Ekiti state, Ayodele Fayose, who he described as a dissident, adding that all through his tenure, Fayose never allowed fair process in the polity.
Okuneye said Fayose is thoroughly dazed by Makinde who is ready to ensure that the right thing is done at all times.
He added that Fayose planned to force his will on the party as in the past, stressing that Makinde upholds the sanctity of the party's constitution, firmly like a trained advocate of justice.
“When the numbers are counted in the political circle, SM holds the ace; the Igangan in Ibarapa community, Fulani herdsmen/Farmers clash is a case that signals he is a governor that does what is right, caring less whose ox is gored. All hail our model of 'Omo Yoruba Atata (meaning a Yoruba child with charisma). Seeing through him, we can keep hope alive."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that a former deputy governor of Oyo state, Taofeek Arapaja, said that if all hands are on deck among the ranks and files of the Lagos chapter of the PDP, the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) would be defeated in 2023.
It was reported that Arapaja made this known in Lagos on Thursday, March 11, during a stakeholders meeting where he was endorsed for the position of national vice-chairman (southwest) of the party.
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