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EXCLUSIVE: Inside Details Of Makinde’s Meeting With Oyo PDP Stakeholders As Women Get 3 Automatic State Assembly Slots

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Details of the meeting between the Oyo state Governor, Seyi Makinde and critical stakeholders of the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) have started to emerge after the inconclusive meeting was rescheduled to be reconvened next week. Source has gathered exclusively.

As part of the party’s preparation ahead of the forthcoming 2023 general election, the Governor had called for the meeting which held at the Agodi Government House yesterday March 31, in order to resolve salient issues within that party bothering on emergence of party candidates and the political activities among various aspirants in the party.

A top government and a PDP stalwart source who was part of the meeting but spoke with Source on condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the outcome said contrary to the information in circulation that the Governor purchased 16 House of Assembly party nomination forms, it is actually 19 that was purchased.

Other party nomination forms purchased by Governor Makinde include two senatorial, and eleven Federal House of Representatives. According to the source, the three currently serving Federal House of Representatives members would be given automatic party ticket to return to the green chamber of the National Assembly.

The source noted however, that the Governor made it clear that three of the nineteen state House of Assembly Nomination forms are automatically ceded for women who are aspiring for state house of Assembly. One to each of the three senatorial zones in the state.

According to the source who claimed the 19 nomination forms by the Governor does not imply imposition or automatic ticket for whoever would be the beneficiaries disclosed that it is subject to ratification by the stakeholders after the next meeting rescheduled to hold next week.

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The source also disclosed that the Governor intends to return fifteen serving state house of assembly members as against the speculated thirteen which has been tagged the “G-13.

Governor Makinde was also said to have advised serving executive local government chairmen aspiring to contest for house of representatives to let go of such ideas and give others in the party the opportunity to contest.

However, such aspiring chairmen may emerge candidates on the platform of the party if they remain the best and only options to successfully prosecute the elections in their various constituencies.

Speaking further, the source said Governor Makinde clearly disclosed to the stakeholders that the party prefers a consensus approach rather than direct primaries as a measure to avert unpleasant aftermath of the party’s primaries noting however, that the party may resort to direct primaries where a consensus could not be reached.

Findings by Source to know how the Executive Chairmen advised to forego their House of Reps ambition indicated that some of them are not satisfied with the position of the governor and would still go ahead to try their luck except the party refuses to give them the chance to fly the party’s ticket at the 2023 general election.

Governor Makinde according to the source, also used the occasion of the stakeholders meeting to resolve the feud between the former Commissioner for Budget and Planning, Barrister Adeniyi Farinto and the Chairman, Governor’s Advisory Council, Senator Hosea Agboola popularly known as Halleluyah.

The Governor, who’s optimistic he’ll be able to convince the stakeholders on his proposition has told members of the meeting to go back home and ruminate over the issues discussed and reconvene next week when specific resolutions will be reached and decisions taken.

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