The Lagos State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has endorsed Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, as the leader of the party in the South West.
The party’s leadership in Lagos pledged its support for the governor during a stakeholders’ meeting at the government house, Ibadan, the state capital, on Saturday.
Makinde and former Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, have been at loggerheads over the leadership of the PDP in the South-West Zone.
In a statement, Chief Press Secretary to the Oyo Governor, Taiwo Adisa, said the Lagos PDP leaders expressed gratitude to Makinde for his leadership in the region.
Adisa said Dayo Ogungbenro, the caretaker zonal chairman of the party, affirmed Makinde as the leader of the party in the zone.
The chief press secretary quoted Deputy Chairman, PDP Lagos, Waliu Hassan and former House of Representatives Member, Rita Orji, as saying Makinde should continue leading the party in the South West.
The party chieftains said PDP members in Lagos have agreed to resolve their crisis so as to ensure that the party took over the state come 2023.
The Lagos PDP leaders were quoted to have said: “The purpose of today’s meeting, to be very precise, is to thank Governor Makinde for standing by the party and to pledge total loyalty to his leadership of the South-West. No more, no less.
“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 rancor, 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, ‘Seyi Makinde, and we stand by him anywhere he is going on the issue of the South West.”