The crisis rocking South West People’s Democractic Party- S/W PDP, has taken a new dimension as the National Working Committee and Bukola Saraki led conflict resolution committee are now determined to settle the differences between the two notable leaders from the region.
Governor of Oyo State, Seyi Makinde, and the former governor of Ekiti, Ayodele Fayose, have been at loggerhead over who is the authentic leader of the region.
In a statement signed by the party’s National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, there seems to be a new move to settle the crisis before any congress could hold in the region.
Makinde, a first term governor, is the only PDP governor in the South-West zone while the other five states in the region are ruled by the governors of the All Progressives Congress.
The leadership tussle between Makinde and Fayose has since generated verbal confrontations.
The PUNCH had earlier reported that Fayose threatened to “work against” Makinde in the 2023 elections if the Oyo governor continues to “disrespect” him.
However, in the statement titled, ‘NWC Moves to Ensure Reconciliation, Smooth South West Zonal Congress’, Ologbondiyan said PDP leadership and the committee led by former Senate President Bukola Saraki will reconcile the two party chieftains.
The statement read, “The National Working Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party after an extensive meeting has scaled up processes for reconciliation and as it affects South West Zonal Congress of the party.
“The NWC resolved as follows:
“That beyond the legal conundrum in our party’s formation in the zone, the PDP must win the South West.
“Consequent upon this, the NWC further resolved that a meeting comprising of the National Chairman, the Deputy National Chairman, the National Secretary, the Senator Bukola Saraki-led Reconciliation and Strategic Committee, Governor Seyi Makinde and former Governor Ayo Fayose, be held immediately for urgent resolution of all issues concerning the South West.
“The NWC will meet on the outcome of this reconciliation meeting within the next 24 hours.”