The Oasis Reporters
November 19, 2018
Appearing as guest on Fresh FM Radio, Crossfire program on Sunday November 18, 2018, the People’s Democratic Party, PDP gubernatorial candidate, Engr. Seyi Makinde has predicted victory for himself and party, ahead of the governorship election in the first quarter of 2019.
According to him, the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC won with 33 percent only which is a ‘Failed mark’ because the PDP was not united.
The primaries that produced him as party leader and candidate has also experienced it’s own challenges but Makinde insists that Governor Ladoja “is still my leader” and since politics is about numbers, he has kept the door open for him to come back to the party.
When Gov Ladoja’s son wedded, Mrs Makinde was there, but her husband, Engr. Seyi Makinde could not come because he was outside the country.
This is so because according to him, “we play no politics of bitterness. Kola Balogun is PDP senatorial candidate in Oyo south”.
In furtherance of the reconciliation process ongoing in the PDP, Makinde is talking with Senator Ayo Adeseun who was his fellow contestant at Liberty stadium for the gubernatorial ticket. “Discussions are ongoing”, he added, for post primary election reconciliation.
And all that is for the sake “of the suffering people of Oyo State” who are in the throes of APC misgovernance.
He is also “still talking with Gov. Alao Akala appealing to all stakeholders to put the interest of Oyo people first”.
Seyi Makinde was pleasantly surprised to learn about the compliments paid him by former governor Alao Akala who told Fresh FM Radio Crossfire program that two candidates are prominently in the race for Oyo government house, who have no godfathers, himself and Seyi Makinde.
With the gubernatorial ticket now with him and not with Senator Folarin who’s possession of it in 2015 caused so much rift and acrimony due to a badly managed primary election, the stage is set for healing unto victory.
Asked how he would marry his brand with
PDP in today’s politics because he comes “with honesty” which has helped him in his business, he answered that bringing it to the PDP is easy. Despite the mistakes made, “there have been solid achievements”. “Personally, it’s been a cleansing phase. I left the party due to the mismanagement of party primaries”. That is over now.
Seyi Makinde urges people not to generalize on the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC’s ability to deliver. “If the PDP scores 70 percent, how much rigging can be perpetrated?” He urges people to come out and vote, for winning massively and overwhelmingly will make votes count.
Now is the time, for in 2015, he was advised to wait till 2019. He felt disappointed then, but obviously the people were right.
Seyi Makinde noted that “Godfathers consult with the people to align with current trends and thinking”. Most importantly, he believes that aligning with God and the people is paramount and where he has no godfathers on earth, the power brokers would have no other choice than align with the trends and directions of the people.