Despite claims by PDP chieftain, Makinde not joining ADC – Gov’s aide
The Chief Press Secretary to Governor Seyi Makinde, Mr. Taiwo Adisa has said the governor is not interested in joining the African Democratic Congress (ADC).
This is despite claims by a chieftain of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), in Oyo State.
Our correspondent recalls that the chieftain of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Oyo had on Sunday said that Makinde made plans to dump the party.
The PDP chieftain who spoke in confidence with DAILY POST on Sunday, said that Makinde will leave PDP, ahead of 2023 election due to some disagreement between him and some members of the party.
He had alleged that Makinde will join ADC immediately after the forthcoming local government election in the state.
He added that Makinde was not satisfied with the current leadership of PDP in the state, hence his decision to dump the party for ADC.
The PDP chieftain who spoke with our correspondent in Ibadan said that Makinde has been using ADC chieftains among whom are Mrs. Monsurat Sunmonu, a former Speaker in the State to have a smooth defection to ADC.
He added that Sunmonu is one of the ADC members who have been holding forth for Makinde in ADC.
He cited the current disagreement between Makinde and PDP executives in a WhatsApp group where Makinde left the group due to a disagreement.
But, the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr. Taiwo Adisa in his reaction said that Makinde has no plans to dump the PDP.
Adisa maintained that contrary to what the PDP chieftain said, Makinde has no plan to join any other party.
He added that the governor has remained a strong pillar of the party for many years and is already leading the mission for its resurgence in the South-West.
Adisa who admitted that Governor Makinde left the PDP WhatsApp group, however said that there is no need to link the exit of the governor from the WhatsApp group to him leaving the party.
“There is a concocted lie doing the rounds about Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State planning to dump the PDP.
“This is the latest in the rounds of false reports and fake news, weapons which some individuals have employed to wage a needless war against the governor.
“It becomes imperative to attack the hydra-headed monster of fake news and false reports and this particular report raised all the red flags of fake news, as it was based on alleged hints from an individual who claimed not to want his name in print.
“The noble profession of journalism dictates that if a party makes insinuations about another party, the second party’s response should be sought. The reporter in question had access to the media unit of the governor but he chose to fly with the falsehood.
“This is the kind of story that would have had its place in the dust bins if the reporter and editors of the medium did due diligence on it.
“However, knowing that there is an agenda by some people to derail the Makinde Administration with fake news, it is clear that any news, no matter how false or unverified, will be allowed to scale through the gate-keepers in the media, some of whom are their allies.”