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Secondus not under pressure from PDP Govs to drop lawsuit, says Makinde

GOVERNOR Seyi Makinde of Oyo State has debunked reports that the People’s Democratic Party Governors’ Forum is coercing the outgoing National Chairman of the party, Uche Secondus, to withdraw his case against the party from court.

Makinde made this clarification during an interview yesterday with Channels TV’s ‘Politics Today.’

In response to a question about plans to ensure Secondus withdraws the case, Makinde said, “We cannot put pressure on him. These are adults; these are leaders in their own rights. When you are leading a state, it does not happen just like that. No. You must have gone through a process. You must have been scrutinised by people of your state before you are deemed fit to occupy the status or position of a state governor.”

The Oyo State Governor also rejected the assertions that Secondus was treated unfairly by the party’s stakeholders.

“This is somebody that, at the inception of this Fourth Republic, he was the chairman of the party in Rivers State. Then, he moved from Rivers to the national (leadership). He was the National Organising Secretary of the party. He was Deputy National Chairman. He was Acting Chairman and he was the National Chairman.

“I would think that he has benefitted so much from the party and the least we expected from him was to really give back to the party and be a stabiliser for the party,” he explained.

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