Makinde names 7-man committee to look at agitations of Oyo PDP members

Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State, on Monday, inaugurated a seven-man committee to look at agitations, grievances, unmet expectations of members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state.

The committee led by a PDP Chieftain, Dr Saka Balogun is, among others, tasked to sift legitimate from illegitimate agitations and make resolutions to resolve burgeoning issues affecting the unity of the party.

Makinde’s inauguration of the committee, at government house, Ibadan, is apparently in recognition of rising agitations of some longstanding members of the PDP who feel they have not been “compensated” by the current government in the state.

While acknowledging high expectations in view of the fact that the party was out of power for eight years, he noted that some of the agitations may also be fuelled by forces outside the party.

“We want you to assist us to get to the root of all the challenges within our party in the state. Failure is hard to take but success is harder to manage because expectations are quite high.

“It has been one year and two weeks in office. Yes, some of the expectations of our party members have not been met, either rightly or wrongly.

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“Some have legitimate requests and expectations but some are being used by forces outside the party against the party. We need to sieve the chaff from the wheat and where our members have legitimate expectations and legitimate entitlements, I want that to be brought out so we can address the issue,” Makinde said.

Other members of the committee Chief Mrs Mutiat Ladoja, Chief Sunday Ogunlade, Chief Layiwola Baale, Chief Jacob Adetoro, Oloye Jumoke Akinjide and Alhaji Kunmi Mustapha.

Accepting the task, Dr Saka Balogun said the high expectations of members were not unfounded due to the fact that several members of the PDP had been outside government for eight years.

Though he expressed confidence in the capability of the governor and his appointees to deliver good governance, Balogun assured of the commitment of the committee to discover whatever issues may be bedevilling the PDP in the state.

“We are to look into the roots of some agitations here and there which the governor has admitted. Some have legitimate agitations having waited behind the fence for eight years. “Moreover, the experience of many of us and the plight of the masses was not anything to write about during the last administration. So, there was a high expectation when this government came into office.

“This government is delivering quality service. People who have been requested to join the fold to administer governance are people of high calibre and there is nothing to complain about.

“But the governor has asked us to look into some of the problems and I can’t give a one-man assessment of the problem. However, some of the problems we already know,” Balogun said.



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