Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State has described former governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose as a small mind amidst the crisis that is tearing up the leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the South West, which began in 2020.
Speaking to newsmen today, February 25 in Ibadan, in response to various verbal attacks on him by Fayose, governor Makinde said:: “I do not really have anything to say about people because small minds can actually talk about events, average minds talk about people. We want to talk about issues.
“So, if there are issues, we will address them. When individuals decide to go low, we won’t follow them to that dirt. If there are issues, the alternative dispute resolution mechanism exists within the PDP, and that is being explored right now.
“I am occupying a very sensitive position. First, as the only PDP governor in the South West. Two, as somebody that is in the leadership position within our party. We will explore all avenues that are legitimate to get everyone to do what is right for our party, including the National Working Committee of the party. This is exactly what we are going to do.”
Speaking on efforts of a former governor of Oyo State, Rashidi Ladoja, towards brokering peace between him and Fayose has started yielding positive results, the Oyo State governor said: “in terms of any reconciliation meeting, there is nothing like that. I haven’t had any meeting with Baba Ladoja. I think it is just a rumour that has been flying around. There is nothing like that.”
Ex governor Fayose had said: “tell the baby governor that the way up is the way down. Let Makinde put feeding bottle in the mouth of his dogs. You are called a leader because you earned it, not your title. Can I be an All Progressives Congressman and be fighting Buhari (President Muhammadu Buhari)? I was governor at 42. He is a governor at 51. I don’t deserve an insult from Makinde.
“Governor Makinde is not my leader. He is my follower. Respect should beget respect. I have been a warrior. They thought I will be with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission now. But, I am surviving.”