TOP chieftains of Social Democratic Party, SDP, from Osun and Oyo states met on Thursday, January 28, to strategise on how to wrestle power in the two South-West states from the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, in the forthcoming elections
The meeting which took place at the state SDP secretariat, along Osogbo-Ikirun Road in Osogbo, Osun State, had in attendance Ademola Ishola, Osun State chairman of the party, and members of his executive committee while Oyo State delegation was led by Seyi Makinke, the party’s governorship candidate in the last general election.
Makinde who had earlier been conferred with the 2015 Merit Award by the Zone IX of the Nigerian Police Command presented by Kalafite Adeyemi, assistant inspector-general of Police, said during the parley that the only party that could bring “true change” to Nigeria is the SDP, while urging members of the SDP to work together towards achieving the goal.
“With what I have seen in the SDP in Osun State, I know we are prepared to chase away the APC and Rauf Aregbesola out of Osun in 2018 and we are ready to bring a party with a clear vision and mission to govern this state with all sense of responsibility,” he said.
Makinde stated that every positive thing would be done to ensure that the SDP takes over the entire South-West from the APC and the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, adding that the party “is the only better alternative for the Yoruba nation and Nigeria at large.”
Makinde praised members of the state SDP for their continuous mobilisation of more members into the party with assurances that both the Osun and Oyo states members of the party would join forces in the 2018 governorship election in Osun State.
Also speaking at the meeting, Ishola reiterated the commitment of his party members towards their efforts to win more people across the 30 local governments of the state to its fold, saying this reflected in the just concluded of its state congress.
“I also wish to say this that APC has no reason to remain in power in Osun because our people are already disillusioned with the way Ogbeni Aregbesola is conducting the affairs of this state. Our education system has collapsed, the economy is down and we are being fed with lies every day by the people in government.
“The same thing is going on in Oyo, Governor Ajimobi has not done better and Governor Ibikunle Amosu has not done enough. We need to work together to take over Ondo in 2017, Ekiti and Osun in 2018 and Oyo, Lagos and Ogun in 2019. We can achieve this”
“We have called for Aregbesola’s resignation and we still stand by that because he has failed in all aspect of governance,” he said.
Delegates from the two states agreed that the meeting should be continuous and expanded to the remaining four states of the South-West.
— Feb 8, 2016 @ 01:00 GMT