A Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) group, Alliance for PDP South-West, has disclosed the names of 11 party chieftains from the South-West for the national chairmanship position.
Naija News reports that those listed by the group include a former Osun State Governor, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola; former PDP Deputy National Chairman, Chief Olabode George; and former Ekiti State governors, Ayo Fayose, and Segun Oni.
Others are a former Lagos State PDP governorship candidate, Jimi Agbaje; former PDP National Secretary, Prof Wale Oladipo; former Ondo State PDP governorship candidate, Eyitayo Jegede (SAN); Dr Charles Akitoye; Mr Jide Adeniji; Mr Olusola Ebiseni; and Senator Bode Olajumoke.
But among those listed by the group, only Oyinlola, a former national secretary of the party, had openly declared his intention to run for the office of the national chairman of the former ruling party.
Speaking on Saturday, former Ekiti State governor, Segun Oni said the region was backing Oyinlola for the national chairmanship position.
“The person that all of us are setting our eyes on is Prince Oyinlola, and he has not yet told us that he’s not going to do it. That’s the man we all want to support for the position of national chairman,” Oni told Sunday PUNCH.
Asked if the PDP was bringing anything new to the polity ahead of the 2023 elections, Oni described the regime of President Muhammadu Buhari as the “worst performing government in the history of Nigeria.”
He said, “Without mincing words, no government – civilian or military – had ever performed this woefully. And this is why a lot of people are frustrated and raising movements against the continuity of Nigeria as one nation. It’s all about bad governance. This is the most incompetent government ever, and so our people are disillusioned.
“Unless we get a government that can deliver, Nigeria is at risk”.
“A government is more than a manifesto. Things have shown us this. Look at the government we have now. A good manifesto doesn’t necessarily translate into good governance. So we need someone with good management skills at the helm of affairs. We don’t need a lazy person who will get there and be an absentee landlord. He must have a vision to drive his team and the country to the Promised Land.
“Nigerians should stop asking politicians what they want to do. They should look for what stuff the person is made of to know if the person will deliver. We should look beyond manifestos. People can hire consultants to write great manifestos for them.”