PDP Ondo Chieftains Deny Governor Makinde As Southwest Leader
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Chieftains in Ondo State have stated that Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, is not the leader of the party in the Southwest geo-political zone.
Ex Governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose, on Monday, pointed this out while stressing that leadership must be earned.
Fayose stated this on Monday when top party chieftains paid him a visit in Lagos.
The party Chieftains were led by Senator Nicholas Tofowomo representing Ondo South District in the National Assembly.
Also in the delegation were, former House of Representatives member, Lad Ojomo, former House of Assembly member, Niyi Ogunboye, former Ondo State Information Commissioner, Dr. Eddy Olafeso, Chief Ibini Oyedele, Chief Tunde Akindehin, Pastor Larry Ogunmusere, Ife Akinsoyinu, Sola Ebiwonjumi, Olusola Adewo, Adeolu Akinseye and Ebenezer Alabi.
The latter delivered Senator Ayo Kinyelure’s goodwill message.
Other party chieftains in the delegation were, former party chairman Ebenezer Alabi, Saka Lawal, Dr. Kunle Akindele, Idowu Ogunmade, Rasheed Elegbeleye, Olu Arowolo, Kehinde Adeboyejo, Benjamin Olumekun and Julianah Adegbayibi.
“It is dangerous to sit on the fence. I don’t play to the gallery,” Fayose warned when hailing the party Chieftains for their party allegiance.
The Ex Governor announced that former Ondo State Information Commissioner Dr. Eddy Olafeso should be the next PDP National Vice Chairman (West) rather than Governor Makinde.
He explained that the decision to select Olafeso was reached some time ago at Gov. Makinde’s house at Ibadan, Oyo state.
“Tell the baby governor that the way up is the way down. Let Makinde pug feeding bottle in the mouth of his dogs. You are called a leader because you earned it, not your title,” Fayose warned in a scathing remark of Gov. Makinde.
“Can I be an APC man and be fighting Buhari? I was governor at 42. He is governor at 51. I don’t deserve an insult from Makinde.
“Governor Makinde is not my leader. He is my follower. Respect should beget respect. I have been a warrior. They thought I will be with EFCC now. But, I am surviving.
“If you from Ondo don’t support Olafeso again, I will stand by him. They went to Ondo to create division. They should promote inclusion. We agreed on Olafeso under the canopy in your house. Oyinlola was there. He is now reconciliation chairman. What are you reconciling?
“If you respect yourself, we will give you double respect. If you dont give respect, we will drag you on the floor,” Fayose said.
Ojomo hailed Fayose for his great works and reechoed his support for Olafeso as Southwest PDP leader.
Others in the delegation, Alabi inclusive, backed the choice and hailed Fayose for his “fight against injustice”.