Ayu, Atiku absent at Makinde’s re-election campaign

The National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Iyorcha Ayu and the presidential candidate of the party, Atiku Abubakar, were conspicuously absent at the flag-off of the re-election campaign of Oyo State Governor Seyi Makinde.

However, the four aggrieved governors in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Nyesom Wike (Rivers), Okezie Ikpeazu (Abia), Samuel Ortom (Benue), and Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi (Enugu), known as the Integrity Group, were present at the rally though arrived late.

Speaking at the rally, the Rivers State governor enjoined the people to re-elect Mr Makinde adding that the Oyo governor will communicate the preferred candidate of the G5 governors to them.

He said: “Let me thank you (referring to the crowd) for making the assurance available in person of a dependable and young man you can trust, a young man you can go home with your two eyes closed, a young man when he tells you Yes, his Yes is Yes, when he tells you No, it’s No. And that is why he is one of those (Integrity Group) who believes in fairness. equity and justice,” Mr Wike said.

“I do not want to market a weak product. Do you want to market a weak product (referring to the crowd)? You already know Seyi Makinde has done well since you gave him the mandate since 2019. And therefore, the only way can benefit more is for you to allow him to continue the good works he has started.

“Let me use this opportunity and tell all of you (the electorates) if anybody is contesting (for the Oyo guber election) in other parties, today, 5th January 2023, please I’m giving you the final notice, withdraw now!

“The people of Oyo have spoken that it is PDP. Vote for Seyi as governor, vote for House of Reps, vote for NASS (National Assembly). The other one (presidency), Seyi, will talk to you.”

While Mr Makinde and his G5 colleagues continue to work against the interest of their party’s presidential candidate, many of the attendees at the rally said they were not comfortable with the situation.

A party member, Hakeem Aina, who spoke in Yoruba, noted that “many that are here are only to take money, they are not happy with the structure and current situation of things.

“No one can force me against Atiku. I didn’t even want to come, it was my ward secretary that said we should just come, take money and leave.”

Another member who identified himself simply as Akoko stressed that the G5 governors are pushing their agenda and not his personal wish. He said he will vote for Atiku in the presidential election.

“I only came here on an excursion, nothing more.

“All they are saying remains their headache. I wonder how our governor will return if he is not supporting Atiku. Will he tell us to vote for APC or any other party in February and now tell us to vote for him during that of governorship? I will wait for his explanation,” he said.


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