BY SEYIFUNMI LUMEKO
Former Ekiti Governor Ayo Fayose has now recognised the leadership of Seyi Makinde, the governor of Oyo State as leader of the Peoples’ Democratic Party in South-West.
Fayose extended this supports and hands of fellowship to Governor Makinde Monday during the Southwest zonal congress of the party held in Osogbo, Osun State.
To the amazement of participants, as soon as Fayose arrived at the venue of the meeting, he went straight to Makinde and sat close to while they exchanged pleasantries.
Fayose had declared publicly before the commencement of the congress that Makinde is the father and leader of PDP in Yoruba land.
Fayose who apologized to congress participants for his past behaviour urged supporters to be wary of creating discord among the leaders in PDP.
His words: “Governor Seyi Makinde is our leader. Our supporters and lovers should not continue to put a hedge in between us. Either way, this election goes, I will accept.
“Even though Arapaja has abused me so much, I will be the first person to visit him in Ibadan. Nobody has offended me and if I have offended anybody, I sincerely apologise. Seyi Makinde remains our father come what may.
Makinde, also addressing the delegates said: “This is a family affair. It is an attempt to reposition our party in the Southwest. It has ramifications for our party nationally.
“Whatever the outcome is, we will take it in the spirit of a family contest. We don’t want to defeat ourselves; we want to defeat the All Progressives Congress (APC).
“At the end of this exercise, there will be no victor, no vanquished. As the only Governor of the party in the zone, whoever emerges, I will work with them to reposition the party. I thank you for the peaceful conduct.”