Makinde:  Any attempt to shift  PDP Southwest Zonal Congress ‘ll have ‘dire consequences’

Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State has says  any attempt to shift the  date of the Southwest Zonal Congress of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) National Working Committee from April 10 would lead to “dire consequences.”

The congress has been scheduled for Saturday, April 10, 2021.

While lauding the working committee for deciding to go ahead with the Southwest Zonal Congress, he said any attempt to shift the congress date from April 10 would mean compromise on the part of its leadership.

In a statement on Friday, the governor stated  that while he was glad that the NWC “bowed to superior reasoning regarding the congress, he  warned the NWC against allowing divisive elements within the party to “unduly influence party decisions on the national level.”

He said, “I must warn that any attempt to shift the Southwest Congress’s date from April 10 is a signal that the hierarchy has been compromised. Such an action would have dire consequences. For one thing, we will be forced to take all necessary measures to take back our party.

“Let me restate that the PDP is the best alternative for Nigerians. At this moment, we should be expending our energies in positioning our party and gearing up for leadership at the national level. We must show Nigerians that we are the real deal.

“The NWC should rise to its responsibilities and prevail on the person or persons acting as clogs in the wheel of the party’s progress. Remember, the PDP is greater than any individual.

“As the only serving PDP governor in the Southwest and an invested party in the PDP’s growth and development, I commend the National Working Committee (NWC) for the decision to go ahead with the Southwest Congress.

“We look forward to hosting other members of the Southwest PDP come April 10.

“However, it has come to my notice that some divisive elements within the party are trying to unduly influence party decisions on the national level. It is shameful that while the peace and reconciliation committee is going about trying to bring the party together, some people are determined to factionalise it. The NWC must not reward these individuals who are working against the party’s overall interests.

“Let me restate that the PDP is the best alternative for Nigerians. At this moment, we should be expending our energies in positioning our party and gearing up for leadership at the national level. We must show Nigerians that we are the real deal.

“The NWC should rise to its responsibilities and prevail on the person or persons acting as clogs in the wheel of the party’s progress. Remember, the PDP is greater than any individual.”

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