A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Oyo State, Alhaji Adebisi Olopoenia, has described Engineer Seyi Makinde’s return to the PDP fold as a welcome development and the best thing to happen to the PDP family in the state.
“I want to congratulate Engineer Seyi Makinde and also welcome him back to the family. I believe his return to the party will usher in greater achievements for the party in the political landscape of Oyo State.”
Makinde, a candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) in the 2015 governorship election in Oyo State, announced his return to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Monday, just as the party’s flag has been hoisted at his campaign office in Ibadan.
He made this declaration known in a press statement released by his Media office at Omi Titun headquarters in Ibadan on Monday.
His declaration followed a recent visit of the National Caretaker Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Ahmed Makarfi to Oyo State.
Makinde said in the release: “Following deep and wide consultations with national leaders. Oyo State leaders and elders of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) and cross sections of strategic partners within Oyo State, I hereby announce my defection alongside entire Omititun campaign structures in the 33 local governments areas of Oyo State to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).”
He noted that the development is not primarily meant to pursue his personal ambition but was largely informed by the resolution of all opposition parties in the state as contained in a recent communique signed by leaders of opposition parties to work together in Oyo State so as to find lasting solutions to myriad of challenges facing Oyo State citizens.
He said such challenges included educational dysfunction and perennial failure, social and economic woes and lack of adequate security which he said are outcomes and consequences of the ineffective six years of the All Progressives Congress (APC) rule in the state.
Makinde listed the challenges as “Educational dysfunction and perennial failure, social and economic woes and lack of adequate security – all which are outcomes and consequences of the ineffective six years of the All Progressives Congress rule in our state.”
He said he “is ready to proffer long lasting and far reaching solutions to salvage Oyo state from imminent collapse and needless crises that the current government has bestowed on our people.”
Makinde, therefore, said he is ready to proffer long lasting and far reaching solutions to salvage Oyo State from imminent collapse and needless crises that the current government has bestowed on the Oyo State people if given the mandate to serve them.