Despite the fact that Governor Seyi Makinde is a member of G5, the Peoples Democratic Party in Oyo State has once again reiterated that Alhaji Atiku Abubakar is their man and remains its candidate for the 2023 general elections in the country.
The Oyo state wing of the party has resolved to back all the PDP candidate in the state including its presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar.
The position of the party in Oyo state was made known by its Public Relations Officer, Akeem Olatunji while speaking to newsmen in Ibadan on Monday.
TheNewsGuru reports that Rivers State governor and his Oyo State counterpart, Seyi Makinde, Benue’s Samuel Ortom, Ifeanyi Ugwanyi (Enugu), Okezie Ikpeazu (Abia) are all members of the group who are aggrieved and have chosen not to support the candidacy of Atiku.
Recall that the G5 governors have insisted that the national chairman of the party Iyorchia Ayu be removed from his position before they can rescind their decision, they are asking that the party should respect the agreement reached to zone positions.
However, Olatunji has maintained that Oyo PDP has already endorsed Atiku and it’s no going back.
Olatunji said, “Our party in Oyo State is not alien to the PDP at the national level. PDP is still our party and is doing well, and we have a candidate, which is Atiku Abubakar. Atiku is still the candidate for the PDP in the state.
“Even the four other governors, have they ever told you that they have other candidates?
“The only thing in the state is that Governor Seyi Makinde is the biggest brand to market any candidate in the state, so as far as we are concerned, we are marketing all our candidates in the state under the PDP with the GSM brand, and as far as we are concerned, Atiku Abubakar is one of the candidates. So when it comes to party matters, we don’t have any other candidate than Atiku Abubakar.”