Some members of the People’s Democratic Party PDP in Oyo state are raising eyebrow over the appointment of what they termed as more “outsiders” by the state executive governor Engineer Seyi Makinde in his government.
They accused him of not considering those who actually laid down their lives and time to ensure his ambition of ruling the state come into fruition worthy of juicy appointment
It was gathered that some of the appointees were nominated by leaders across the state and no proper consultation was made before their selection.
Although the development was greeted with mixed feelings but majority of the party members are not satisfied and they are accusing their leaders of insincerity.
Part of their grouse was that majority of the appointee in the cabinet and other aides have no solid political weight in their respective local governments.
A further search also revealed that some of the appointees are already mending fences with the those that matters and reaching out to the party at the local levels
With the development, they want Seyi Makinde to consider qualified party members, especially grassroots mobilizers in subsequent appointments especially into the local governments and caution him against imposition of another set of “ Foreigners” all in the name of appointing technocrats into the government
A party leaders who pleaded anonymity in a chat with our reporter said “ Though Makinde has started well, his achievements in the past hundred days are pointer to the fact that he meant well for the state and would achieve greatly but he should not relegate the party people to the background “
”We have a lot of qualified people as our members, they should be considered for better position in the government and I am appealing to him to learn from the mistakes of his predecessor, especially Ajimobi of the APC, how he destroyed the party and loss his senatorial bid and plan to install a successor.
” Leaders from other party that sacrifices their ambition for Makinde’s electoral victory are complaining too, they are regretting already and they are just waiting for the appropiate time to speak and act
“If some of the issues raised by party members are not consider and resolved,some of our people may be forced to leave the party
But the party’s spokesperson Engr. Akeem Olatunji said there is nothing like “ Outsiders” in the party, everybody contributed in one way or the other to the success of the party and Engineer Makinde’s electoral victory, they may not all be on the campaign train but they have their own contributions.
For instance Professor Sangodoyin who was appointed as the state commissioner for Education, Science and Technology coordinated Oyo state Indigene in the diaspora for PDP and Seyi Makinde during the election, the mobilize support for the governor , our people should understand that everybody is important in the system but not all will be appointed
“The appointments were base on merit , and the reasons was not farfetched from the fact that the APC left the state in a very bad situation, we need technocrats and quality people to man it and change the situation and from all indications you can see that Engineer Makinde’s administration is taking an impressive decision that has been effectively changing the situation in the state.
On the issue of local Government, Olatunji maintained that Makinde will only appoint credible and responsible people at the helms of affairs at the council, , local government administration is the closest to the people we are not going to compromise on standard and credibility of those that will govern those council
” Engineer Seyi Makinde is doing well and we are proud of him, we are OK with the situation and we are not regretting the mandate we gave him ,he has helped in rebranding our party, we are silencing the APC with performance and PDP in Oyo state is a signpost to the PDP that will take over from president Muhammadu Buhari and APC in 2023. He said
“If the party is performing it will boost our easy ride in 2023 our people should be patient most of them will enjoy, once the council is in place , majority will be involved and everything will be fine .He added
“The noise is coming from the opposing All Progressives Congress and he doesn’t understand why they are crying more than the bereaved and let me tell you in few weeks time you will witness mass movement of APC members into the Peoples Democratic Party PDP in Oyo state because they have realized the truth and see that PDP is the light