- PDP inaugurates campaign council in Kano
The G-5 governors of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday stormed Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, for the flag-off of the re-election campaign of Seyi Makinde, the state governor.
Makinde is a member of the G-5 governors who have vowed not to campaign for the presidential candidate of the party, Atiku Abubakar, until the national chairman of the party, Dr Iyorchia Ayu, vacates his seat.
Other members of the group include Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike, Samuel Ortom (Benue), Okezie Ikpeazu (Abia) and Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi (Enugu).
Addressing supporters at the rally, Governor Wike asked other governorship candidates in the state to withdraw from the race for Makinde, saying he is the only credible candidate in the state.
He said, “I do not want to market a weak product. You already know Seyi Makinde has done well since you gave him the mandate in 2019. And therefore, the only way you can benefit more is for you to allow him to continue the good work.
“Let me use this opportunity to tell all of you if anybody is contesting in other parties, today, 5th January 2023, please, I’m giving you the final notice, withdraw now.”
On his part, Governor Makinde said he would take the people out of poverty to prosperity under accelerated development, among others.
Meanwhile, PDP has inaugurated the Kano State Campaign Council, management team, and leadership of zonal caretaker committees to spearhead the campaign activities of the party in the state.
The party’s national chairman, Dr Iyorchia Ayu, represented by the National Vice Chairman, North West, Bello Hayatu Gwarzo, who officially inaugurated the executives, said they were carefully selected courtesy of their immense contribution and unreserved loyalty to the progress of the party.
Speaking at the event, former Kano State governor, Ibrahim Shekarau, said, “This council, you are our ambassadors, our eyes and ears, you will oversee our activities in your various locations, you are the ones to represent us down to the polling stations.
“This council is the same and goes in line with the council leadership from the national level.”
By Baba Martins (Abuja) & Salim Umar Ibrahim (Kano)