‘I’M DISAPPOINTED LADOJA LEFT PDP’ SEYI MAKINDE

I’m disappointed Ladoja left PDP’  Seyi Makinde

A leading contestant of the PDP for the governorship election in Oyo State come 2019, Engineer Seyi Makinde in this interview with Papermacheonline Tunde Ayanda discussed many issues, the reason behind Governor Ladoja’s exit from PDP, his chances and how he planned to win the elections…

PEOPLE BELIEVE THAT YOU TACTICALLY DROVE LADOJA OUT OF PDP, IS THIS THE REAL SITUATION?

I will say that I’m disappointed that Baba left the party. you all see  that I made a lot of efforts to reach out to him, there is no way a son can send his father out of his abode. But I will say we have put the disappointment behind us and we forge ahead.

If you look at the party structure, about 80 percent of the local government party chairmen are still in the party, that is thirty out of the thirty six, they are still in the PDP while the other are still on their way back to the party and this goes as well to the State executives .

Yes we had a minor disagreement concerning the state Congress and everybody appealed to Baba, even the national leadership of our party chartered a flight from Abuja and came to Ibadan to beg him. I believe everyone tried their best for Baba Ladoja to  stay in our  party(PDP) . But the fact is that you can take a horse to the river but you cannot force a horse to drink at the river, I think we’ve tried our best and we’ll continue to reach out to him,  if there is opportunity to bring him back in the future .

He is my father politically and he is also a prominent high chief in Ibadan, so one cannot disrespect him and nobody can say how is Ladoja’s own in the politics of  Oyo State . Having said that we have to continue to do what we have to do and we’ll continue to do our best.

Of course other parties visited me as well but I don’t go to the press to discuss whatever they might offer me,  I would rather address the issues that has to do with how do we serve our people,how we want to turn things around and how do we want to build a good model out of our state. So let it be on records that I visited him and I prostrated for him and I don’t see anything wrong with it because naturally I should do that for my father.

HOW WOULD YOU REACT TO THE BELIEF THAT YOU THROW MONEY AROUND TO HAVE YOUR WAY IN THE PARTY?

The fact is I contested for the senatorial seat in 2007  and I lost, 2011 election also I lost out at the party primaries and in 2015 general election I contested for Governorship post and I lost, I don’t think I’ve had my way, so I don’t understand the idea of me throwing money around to have my way in politics,  people always find a way to give a dog a bad name so that they can hang it.

Yes I believe I have to give back to my society, I believe I have to help the needy,if you could help a needy child off the street I believe it reduces 419 and armed robbery in the street and each child you turn around for better is an addition to the economic power of the state, so in respective of what people are saying I will continue to do my best .

PEOPLE BELIEVED THAT WITH THE EXIT OF LADOJA, THAT YOU INHERITED AN EMPTY PARTY AND ALSO THERE IS THIS NEWS FLYING AROUND THAT GOVERNOR ALAO AKALA REJECTED THE GOVERNORSHIP TICKET THAT WAS OFFERED TO HIM IN ORDER TO COME BACK TO PDP, IS THIS TRUE?

Well as I’ve mentioned earlier, it is not an empty party because more or less the executives of the party and party leadership from all local government  are intact and if you look at 2015 general election result you will see that Gov Ladoja also contested and lost,also in 2011.  So a tree does not make a forest, a lot of ordinary people are coming together and coming back as a strong party. So if anybody said PDP in Oyo state is an empty party I will say that is very far from the truth.
And concerning Gov Alao Akala ,I visited him to convince him to come back to the party. Yes I visited him because he became the governor under the platform of People Democratic Party (PDP),and PDP is presumed as his natural habitat, this is also the kind of visit we see from the political environment, we had some discussion  concerning some issues that has to do with politics   but the fact is what was reported in the press was far different from our discussion.

WHAT ARE THE AREAS YOU WANT TO TOUCH IF YOU EVENTUALLY BECOME THE GOVERNOR?

I was born at Oluyoro Catholic hospital while I attended St Paul and St Michael Anglican Primary School Yemetu and Bishop Philips, Iwo road, Ibadan before I was admitted to University of Lagos. You see I did not fall from the moon, I grew up in this environment and I know the major problems facing our state having spent most of my life within this state. The major problem we are facing is poverty, people have not been able to live above the poverty line and I’ve done many things personally to help my people but I believe with the instrumentality of the government we can do more than being an individual, we can take care of more people and that is the cardinal principle of what  Seyi Makinde stands for in politics.

Just like in 2015 , we have five major areas campaign which we still notice  has not been dealt with properly and the first sector is Health as they always say that “health is wealth”  a healthy population will be wealthy, the second sector is Education we’ve all seen the challenges we have with educational infrastructure, its sad that some schools don’t have table nor desk while some are using tyres to sit in their schools which is unfortunate.
I remember vividly when I was admitted to Bishop Phillips Academy in 1980 I was giving Chair,Table,Text books,Note books Biro’s ,Pencils  and Ruler despite the fact that we had an unprecedented enrollment that year and five years later I had the best result in the history of Bishop Phillips Academy as at the time I graduated. Right now I am a subject matter expect so, I can stand and boast that I am a product of free education and the question now is are we giving the same opportunity to the children right now? The answer is No

UNESCO gives advise that  at least twelve percent of a state  budget should be spent on education but the education was only taking just 5 percent in Oyo state 2018 budget and we were really far from the  campaign as we all know education is one of the most important sector one needs to face.

We’ll also continue the idea of 30 student in a class and our own government will not going to focus only on mega school, we are going to pay utmost attention to rural education as well and we are going to focus on the environment that we revive the state economy.

IF YOU EVENTUALLY PICKS THE PDP TICKET, HOW CONFIDENT ARE YOU ABOUT YOUR VICTORY BECAUSE OTHER PARTIES ARE ALSO PRESENTING SOME FINE, QUALIFIED CANDIDATES

we only have two political parties in Nigeria , and the parties are PDP and APC. So am confident that we are going to come out victorious because people are totally tired of the ruling party and people of the state want something new and fresh .

THE LEADERSHIP OF PDP ARE CONSIDERING COMING UP WITH CONSENSUS CANDIDATES, DO YOU THINK THIS WILL GO DOWN WELL WITH PARTY MEMBERS?

People Democratic Party has its constitution and the constitution stated that all position must be contested for  at properly organized primaries election, however we have other arrangement where people come together and say we have a particular candidate we want, that is when the consensus candidate may come in, but in all ways the constitution must  reign and supreme.

I contested for the post of Senator in 2007 and I lost to major political interest of Baba Adedibu of blessed memory . I lost, in 2011 I lost primary ticket to re contest as senator again but nevertheless I  assumed I was a two-term Senator of Federal Republic Of Nigeria you may think senatorial seat is just one third of governorship position. So having gathered many experience in the past I believe we are going to do better come 2019.you actually don’t need a lot of big names to win an election.

YOURSELF, AKALA AND LADOJA ARE STILL NOT IN THE SAME PARTY. IS THERE NOT GOING TO BE A REPEAT OF WHAT HAPPENED IN 2015?

The case will be different, many of the forces working with PDP in 2015 general election are still on ground and with my own force. I believe the story will be different.

PEOPLE BELIEVE YOU ARE TOO CALM AND SOFT FOR OYO POLITICS AND AGAIN DON’T YOU FEEL LADOJA LEFT PDP BECAUSE OF THE CLASH OF INTEREST AS HE SAID HE DOESN’T WANT TO CONTEST FOR GOVERNOR?

Talking about clash of interest I don’t know ,may be but until you are done with primary election all of those are just speculation.  One thing I know , Baba told me he is not going to contest the governorship position but all what he wanted was all the state and local government party executive.

Then talking about toughness, I guess you were trying to ask if I have the mental toughness and fiscal toughness. I don’t know, but the answer is I’m like them when you are not looking. Though we all have different ways of playing politics, but let me state it clear that I have physical and mental toughness to contest the governorship election and run this state efficiently if I win the 2019 election.