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OYO PDP CRISIS: Bode George To Reconcile Makinde, Aggrieved Oyo PDP Leaders Today
Worried by the internal wrangling rocking the Peoples Democratic Party, in Oyo State, Bode George, a national leader of the party, is expected in Ibadan today.
The development Source, said that George is worried by the crisis and believes that if not quickly nipped, it may affect the chances of the party in future general elections, especially in Oyo, the only state controlled by the PDP in the Southwest.
This was just news about Seyi Makinde’s, governor of Oyo State, possible defection to the opposition All Progressives Congress, APC, continue to gain momentum.
This newspaper learnt that Oyo PDP has not been as before, especially as many top members of the party are not happy with the handling of political appointments by Makinde, who they see as sidelining them.
Makinde’s deputy, Raufu Olaniyan, PDP Chairman- Kunmi Mustapha, Muraina Ajibola Mulikat Adeola Akande, Nureni Akanbi, Adebisi AbdulRasheed Olopoenia, Femi Babalola and other top leaders of the party, Source revealed are dissatisfied with Makinde. Only Mustapha has not expressed it openly.
Not long ago, leaders of the coalition partners – Olufemi Lanlehin and Sharafadeen Alli, severed political relationship with Makinde and join the APC.
Rashidi Ladoja, former Oyo governor, who midwifed the coalition arrangement, has stepped aside. Nobody knows whether or not the governor still enjoys his support. But political analysts contend that the defection of Alli, his known political godson, to the APC, speaks volume. Makinde, this newspaper learnt, waited several hours to see Ladoja recently but was unable to see the old man as he was said to have retired to bed.
Some of the aggrieved members of Oyo PDP who were contacted by our Source, Said it was unsure whether they would attend the ‘peace’ meeting expected to be convened by George.