Ibadan, Sept. 4, 2017 (TNE) : Opposition parties in Oyo State have begun moves to form a coalition as the flagbearer of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) in the 2015 governorship election, Mr Seyi Makinde, on Monday announced his defection to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Makinde declared for the PDP in a statement issued by his media office in Ibadan.“Following extensive, deep and wide consultations with National Leaders, Oyo State leaders and elders of the Social Democratic Party, and cross sections of strategic partners within Oyo state, I hereby announce my defection, with the entire Omititun campaign structures at the 33 local government areas in Oyo state, to the Peoples Democratic Party,’’ he said.
The Nigerian Expression (TNE) reports that the Sen. Ahmed Makarfi-led PDP Caretaker Committee had a fortnight ago visited former Gov. Rashidi Ladoja, former Gov. Adebayo Alao-Akala and Makinde with a view to luring them back to the party.
TNE also reports that the trio had agreed to return to the PDP based on certain conditions and the latest announcement by Makinde may herald the return to the party.
Makinde in his statement, however, stressed that the move was not primarily to pursue his personal ambition but was largely informed by the resolution of all opposition parties in the state to work together as contained in a recent communique signed by leaders of opposition parties.
He said the coalition is determined to find lasting solutions to the myriad of challenges and underdevelopment facing the state.
Makinde had in a recent interview declared that opposition parties were working together ahead of the 2019 general elections.“ I am talking to former Governor Ladoja on the need to come together – all oppositions – to form a coalition in the 2019 election.
He said a similar coalition move was made in the build-up to the 2015 election but failed because both former governors Rashidi Ladoja (Accord Party) and Adebayo Alao-Akala (Labour Party) were unable to agree on who should be the candidate of the coalition.
Makinde, however, said he would support any candidate that the coalition produces if he was not favoured.
He promised to rebuild the health and education sectors as well as provide enabling environment for job creation for youths, if elected. (TNE)