Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State on Saturday revealed that he wants every other state in the South-West Zone to return to Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) by 2023.
Makinde said this in Benin City, the capital of Edo State during the flag-off of the governorship campaign of the party ahead of the September 19 gubernatorial polls.
Makinde is the only governor under the PDP in the South-West while the remaining five states are governed by All Progressives Congress (APC).
Speaking at the venue of the campaign, Seyi Makinde said he was principally around for the kick-off of the campaign to ‘learn how the South-South were doing it that all the states in the zone are under the PDP.’
He then called on all the stakeholders of the party in the state to be united ahead of the gubernatorial polls. He said that if they all could come together and forge a common ground, they would become undefeatable for the opposition.
According to him, this was the strategy they used in Oyo state to win the 2019 general elections.
A campaign, which was organized in line with COVID-19 protocols, was a gathering of ‘stars within the PDP’ from across the country.
Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State who also doubles as the Chairman of PDP Governors’ Forum was on ground. Malam Bala Mohammed of Bauchi, Dr Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta, Douye Diri of Bayelsa and Nyesom Wike of Rivers state were also present for the campaign.
They all assured the electorate that the PDP was the party to beat at the polls.
When called on to speak after he was presented with the flag of the party, the Governor of Edo state and candidate of the PDP in the forthcoming election, Godwin Obaseki, he assured the people that he was going to perform better than his first term.
Describing the PDP as a ‘better platform’, he said the residents of Edo would see the result of his effort on electricity by the end of next month.
He also revealed that he would soon reel out his manifesto for the next four years tagged Make Edo Great Again (MEGA).
The battle for the seat of the state is between Godwin Obaseki and Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu of the APC.