– Former Senate president Bukola Saraki-led committee has been directed to unite aggrieved members of PDP in the southwest
– The order was given by the NWC of the party on Tuesday, December 29
– Saraki’s main mandate is to resolve the supremacy crisis between Governor Makinde and ex-governor Fayose
In its efforts to tame the raging crisis over who becomes the leader of the party in the southwest between Governor Seyi Makinde and the former governor of Ekiti state, Ayodele Fayose, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has assigned a new role to Bukola Saraki-led committee.
This Day reports that the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party noted that the crisis is a threat to its survival in the southwest ahead of the 2023 general elections.
Legit.ng gathered that the NWC mandated Saraki-led committee to resolve the feud between the two zonal party chieftains, as part of efforts at repositioning the PDP in the southwest.
The report noted that other members of the committee included the former governor of Gombe state, Hassan Dankwambo; former House of Representatives minority leader, Mulikat Akande; former Cross River state governor, Liyel Imoke; a former Katsina state Governor, Ibrahim Shema and former Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Senator Anyim Pius Anyim.
Kola Ologbondiyan, the PDP national publicity secretary, told the newspaper that the six-member committee has got its marching orders to resolve the leadership crisis in the zone.
Fayose had on Monday, December 21, in Lagos said that Makinde was not the PDP leader in the southwest, noting that leadership should be earned and not for anyone to appropriate because of positional influence.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the former governor Fayose hit hard at Governor Makinde of Oyo state.
It was reported Fayose described Makinde as a “baby governor”, who should be his follower and not his leader.
The ex-governor stated this in Lagos while receiving prominent members of the party who paid him a solidarity visit.
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