A chieftain of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Lagos State, Dr. Adetokunbo Pearse, has asked former Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, to stop attacking Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde.
Pearse, who teaches in the Department of English, University of Lagos (UNILAG) made this appeal during a media interview in Lagos on Tuesday.
He advised Fayose to join hands with Makinde
and strengthen the PDP in the South West.
Makinde and Fayose have been embroiled in controversy over the leadership of the Southwest chapter of the main opposition party in Nigeria.
However, the leadership of the PDP in Lagos had endorsed Makinde as the leader of the party in the South West during a visit to the governor in Ibadan last weekend.
He said: “The party at the South West level is having problems mainly because of Fayose. We are not saying Fayose has no right to aspire to have officers in the South West that will support him, but it should be done fairly, respectfully and we should work within the democratic process.
“Setting people up against Makinde and calling him names is not good for a party that wants to win election.
“We should not act like children at this time. My advice is for him to sheathe his sword and let us sue for peace, be cordial in the way we deal with our leader who is Makinde now in the South West.
“It is obvious that by conventions and common sense and in fairness to Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo, being the only PDP governor in the zone, he is its leader in the zone.
“This is what happened when Fayose himself was the only PDP governor in the zone before former Ondo Governor, Dr Olusegun Mimiko joined him.
“Many of our members who are moving to APC are moving because they feel that there is no future in PDP.
“The main problem they see in PDP is
the division in the party, which exists mainly at the top leadership of the
grassroots, the ward and LGA levels, the PDP is as strong as ever and our
members are as faithful as ever,” Pearse said.