- Governor Seyi Makinde did not attend Atiku Abubakar’s press conference held in Oyo on Tuesday, January 3.
- The conference was scheduled to take place before the Atiku Freedom March scheduled for Wednesday, January 4.
- Also people said to be loyal to the Oyo State Governor were conspicuously absent from the press conference.
Ibadan, Oyo – Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State was absent from the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar’s Freedom March press conference on Tuesday, January 3.
The conference was held at the State Secretariat of the Nigerian Journalists Union, Iyaganku, Ibadan, the capital of Oyo State.
Furthermore, Makinde loyalists were also said to be absent at the conference, according to a report by Punch.
It was learned that the press conference was jointly addressed by the former ministers of the Federal Capital Territory (state), Jumoke Akinjide, Mines and Steel Development, Wole Oyelese and the former lieutenant governor of the state, Hazeem Gbolarumi and another party leader, Femi Babalola. .
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The freedom march is scheduled for Thursday, January 1 from Ibadan, the state capital.
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This latest development was revealed on Monday, December 19, by the party’s state spokesman, Akeem Olatunji.
Olatunji’s filings now mean there is a wide disparity in the choice of candidates between the party’s state chapter and the state’s number one citizen, Governor Seyi Makinde.
Governor Makinde is a member of the self-styled G-5 Governors or Integrity Governors headed by Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State, with other members including Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State, Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State and Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of the Enugu state.
The five PPD governors had been at odds with party bosses to execute the removal of the party’s national chairman, Senator Iyorchia Ayu.