By Bode Akinbode, Ibadan
Oyo State Governor, Engineer Seyi Makinde has called on members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the southwest geopolitical zone to remain united and focused so as to enhance the fortunes of the party in the zone.
The Governor, who addressed a gathering of PDP leaders, who converged on the Government House, Ibadan, on Thursday, enjoined them to ensure that peace reigns in their states so as to engender a win-win situation for the party.
He also declared that his administration would put the quest for true federalism to full test during its tenure.
A statement by Governor Makinde’s Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Taiwo Adisa, confirmed that the Governor also offered to play his part in ensuring a united front for the PDP in the zone.
He said that all hands must be on deck to ensure that the PDP wins more laurels in the off season elections slated for Ondo, Ekiti and Osun states.
“Unity is the only way that can give us victory in any election without unity we can’t be victorious,” the Governor said.
He asked the State chapters of the PDP to learn from the experience of the party in Oyo state, adding they lost out to a party that won only 33 per cent of the votes.
The Governor said the meeting was meant to discuss issues bothering on the party in all South West states and rub minds on ways to tackle the challenges collectively.
“After the election, this will be the first opportunity for me to say thank you for your support, prayers through the electioneering process and election.
“We cannot do it alone. You called us and gave us advice that pointed us to certain directions that contributed to the success that actually delivered Oyo State for PDP.”
Governor Makinde also told the gathering that his government would test true federalism to its limits adding that the government would ensure that what is due to the state is received.
He said: “We can only be strong and move fast as long as we can be united.”
The Governor equally pledged to carry all the PDP leaders in South West along in his administration so as to give them the sense of belonging.
He expressed dissatisfaction with the verdict of the Election petition tribunal, which adjudicated on the presidential election held on February 23, adding that he was in fully in support of the decision to escalate case to the Supreme Court.
The Governor, therefore, urged all the aggrieved party members to allow the peace and harmony to reign in the party so as to improve on the current fortunes in the State.