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If PDP cannot restructure itself, it definitely can’t restructure Nigeria~ Makinde

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) will not be able to restructure Nigeria if it cannot restructure itself, according to the Governor of Oyo State, Seyi Makinde, who is currently at loggerhead with the main opposition alongside the Governor of Rivers Nyesom Wike.

Makinde spoke during the commissioning of the Umuakatawom-Osaa-Okea-Ohuru road in Obingwa LGA of Abia state, said there is an order of succession in the party and that the south is not after the position.

“I saw on the internet yesterday; people were saying Seyi Makinde has been appointed as the chairman of the PDP governor forum. It is a lie from the pit of hell,” Makinde said.

“And even if they give it to me, I will not accept because there is order. If the chairman resigns, the deputy chairman will take the position. That is how you have order in a process.

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“And that is not what we are fighting for. We are not fighting for the southern part of this country to have the chairmanship of the PDP governors forum. We are saying that if PDP has promised to restructure Nigeria and we cannot restructure PDP, we are not ready to restructure Nigeria. That is the fact.

“There have been issues that are foundational. If you read the proceedings of the constitutional conference that led to Nigeria’s independence you will know that there were issues then and if since 1960, we have not been able to get things right… of course, they may say the unitary command of the military structure affected us.

“But we have been practising democracy since 1999 and if we are not able to take a part that will lead to sustainable development, we should try something else,” Makinde said.

The major opposition party has been battling an internal crisis in the last few months.

As part of efforts to resolve the crisis, the chairman of the PDP board of trustees (BoT), Walid Jibrin recently resigned from his position, making room for the BoT hitherto secretary, Adolphus Wabara as acting chairman.

Also, there were reports that the Governor of Sokoto state, Aminu Tambuwal had resigned as chairman of the PDP governors forum, paving the way for Makinde as his successor.

But the party since denied the report, noting that Tambuwal will continue in his position.

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