South-West State chairmen of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have dared the Governor of Oyo State, Seyi Makinde, to dump the party, after he warned the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party against postponing the South-West congress of the party.
PDP had fixed April 10 for the event to hold in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.
However, Makinde, in a statement issued by his media aide, Taiwo Adisa, warned the NWC against bowing to pressure to postpone the congress, saying such would be resisted.
Makinde urged the NWC to rise to its responsibilities and prevail on the person or persons who are “acting as clogs in the wheel of the party’s progress.”
But the Chairman of the South-West PDP Chairmen, Dr Sikirulai Ogundele, in a statement released on behalf of PDP chairmen in Ekiti, Lagos and Osun states – Otunba Bisi Kolawole, Adedeji Doherty and Sunday Bisi, respectively – has noted that it is shocking that Makinde could insult “the custodians of the party just because they chose to obey an order of the court.”
The statement read in part, “Who cares if he chooses to leave the PDP this time, too? Is he not even already a sinking ship in Oyo State, placing members of the SDP and ADC (Action Democratic Congress) over and above those of the PDP?
“Without apologies, Governor Makinde can do his worse. He should stop threatening the party because he is not more a loyal and committed member of the party than people like us who stood by the party when he left.”