The foremost aspirant of the Peoples Democratic Party in Oyo State Engr. Setup Makinde welcomed the former Vice President Atiku Abubakar on Tuesday in Ibadan and they both promised to returnOyo State and the South West states to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in 2019 if they clinched the party’s ticket.
Atiku, a Presidential aspirant of the PDP made this promise when he visited members and delegates of Oyo state ahead of the forthcoming presidential primary election of the party.
Among those who welcomed the former Vice President at Molete PDP secretariat were Senator Ayo Adeseun, a former Deputy governor, Alhaji Azeem Gbolarumi, Elder Wole Oyelese, Alhaja Bose Adedibu, Senator Kamoru Adedibu and Dr. Saka Balogun.
Other bigwigs that welcomed Atiku were Chief Robert Koleoso, Senator Hosea Ayoola Agboola, Elder Wole Oyelese, Chief Jacob Adetoro, Taiwo Oluyemi, Muraina Ajibola and the State Secretary, Alhaji Wasiu Adeleke.
Emphasizing on how he worked with others as the Vice President in 2003 to take over all the South West states with the exception of Lagos from the Alliance for Democracy (AD), Atiku assured the zone of greater participation in the PDP government at the centre.
He then urged members of the party to put their differences aside and forge ahead in unity for the party to win Oyo state in the next general election.
Atiku who was accompanied by his Director General of his campaign, Otunba Gbega Daniel further urged members of the party to work for the interest of the party at all times for them to reclaim the state and the Federal government.
Atiku while speaking further described Oyo state as the political headquarters of the South West region which should not be toyed with.
He said, “The people of Oyo state, Oyo is the political headquarters of South West. So let us work together. Let us work for the unity of the party, by the grace of God, we will have PDP in government in 2019 in Oyo state and Nigeria.”
Meanwhile Engr. Makinde also continued his visit to all the 33 local governments of the state ahead of the party’s primaries slated for Sunday 30th September and promised to deliver decedent of democracy if elected as governor of Oyo State. Among the local government visited were Ibadan North, South West, Ibadan North West and North East, also Ido, Egbda, Ona ara and others he was warmly received by party executive members and delegates of each local government who promised their total support for Engr. Makinde’s ambition.