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A chieftain of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Oyo State, Alhaji Bisi Olopoeyan has described political appointees endorsing Governor Seyi Makinde for second term as an opportunist.
Penpushing reports that, Olopoeyan added that the campaigners are paper weight politicians eating from where they did not worked, trying at all cost to protect their jobs with the Governor and sees endorsement as a project to cajole him.
The party leader argued that while should a section will endorse Makinde for second term as other zones in the state has not done noting that that winning Governorship election in any state is beyond endorsement from some naive politicians.
Penpushing further reports that, he lamented that Governor Makinde has forgotten that he won the 2019 gubernatorial election in the state with the help of coalition parties that he said the Governor has now neglected.
The party chieftain said that real politicians doesn’t endorse a candidate but go back to drawing board to weigh their candidate’s chances of winning another election by knowing how far their candidate has fulfilled his campaign promises and his or her attitude to the party.
“Wining governorship election is not a mere joke, its not just gathering some paper weight leaders and naive politicians to make an eye service endorsement, all those endorsing governor Makinde are not key factors, they are only staging their endorsement so as to be on the good book of the governor, thou, I can’t blame them because they are doing it against their wish. Many of them got threatening to be sack if they didn’t align with the movement’, Olopoeyan added.
“Less than two years, they have been endorsing a candidate for another four years, have they considered all other factors? Soon many people will still come to show up interest, we can be rigid with our ticket, it should be thrown open to all interested politicians’.
“Even Governor Alao Akala who did excellently well for the masses and the party did not get his endorsement until his fourth year in office, people endorsed Akala in 2011, but not political appointees from secretariat, all leaders and chieftains spoke in one voice, all support Akala because he met the requirement for second term ticket’ .
Penpushing also reports that Olopoeyan reiterated that is too early to endorse a candidate, as many aspirants are still going to contest for governorship primary election in the state come 2023.
“Where were those people endorsing Makinde now in 2016, 2017, 2018 even 2019 ? do they heard we endorsed governor Makinde for the first term ? no, we supported him, worked for him tirelessly for primary, he won, then we went for campaign day and night, later did a coalition before winning the election not gathering of people in our compound and endorsed Makinde for governor’.
“Its worrisome seeing our coalition parties negotiating and heading to APC, we are the ruling party, we are the one that suppose to be negotiating and welcoming other parties, but reverse is the case, the appointees are the one seeing themselves as party leaders endorsing governor Makinde here and there, it must be a joke’,he declared.
Penpushing reports that the Publicity Secretary of the party in Oyo State, Engr. Akeem Olatunji said that the statement of Olopoeyan should not be taken serious, adding that Olopoeyan is among those aggressive leaders of the party which the party is currently reaching out to so as to address their grievances.
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