The Olubadan of Ibadanland Oba Lekan Balogun on Thursday urged the presidential candidate of People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Atiku Abubakar to reconcile with Oyo Governor Seyi Makinde and other G-5 Govs.
The monarch, who described Atiku as his friend, said he was not happy with the recent happening in the party, saying Atiku should do something fast as soon as possible to unite the party ahead of the 2023 general elections.
G-5 Governors, including Nyesome Wike (Rivers); Samuel Otorm (Benue); Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi (Enugu); Okezie Ikpeazu (Abia) and Seyi Makinde(Oyo) were at loggerheads with Atiku over the resignation of the national chairman of the party, Iyiocha Ayu.
Speaking in Ibadan while receiving Atiku, who was on a courtesy visit to his palace, the monarch said Atiku’s reconciliation become necessary for his victory in 2023.
He however said if Atiku become the President, he should not forget traditional rulers, resolve insecurity and allow Ibadan to become a State.
Atiku said PDP government would make sure traditional rulers are relevant across the nation particularly at this time the country is experiencing many security challenges.
“I remember role of the traditional institution during the colonial era when they were responsible for maintaining law and order in their respective domains, PDP government will look into all these institutions to bring about safer and more united Nigeria.
“We shall implement the restructuring of the country, we shall dialogue with various constituents of the country so that we can give them full autonomy and resources so that we can witness more inclusive development in the nation’s economy.
“These are some of the policies we intend to deploy when we emerged, we intend to open up the economy so that Nigerians can have jobs in all sectors of the economy,” he said.
Those at the entourage of Atiku include PDP Deputy presidential candidate Governor Ifeanyi Okowa; Bayelsa Governor Duoye Diri; former Vice President Namadi Sambo; former Osun Governor Olagunsoye Oyinlola; former Imo Governor Lyke Imoke; Sen. Dino Melaye; former PDP national chairman Uche Seconds; former Adamawa Governor Sule Lamido; ex Oyo Deputy Governor Hazeem Gbolarumi and former Minister of State for FCT, Jumoke Akinjide among others.