The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar’s campaign train has arrived in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.
The former vice president arrived the ancient city at about 12:00 noon and was accompanied by members of the PDP National Working Committee and the Presidential Campaign Council.
The campaign team was received by some officials and members of the party in the state.
However, the state governor, Engr. Seyi Makinde, who was not there to receive Atiku at the airport, was also conspicuously absent on at the historic Mapo Hall venue of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential campaign rally in Ibadan, the State capital.
Major PDP stakeholders in the State attended the rally with key supporters of the party’s presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, asking party members and supporters in the State to vote Governor Makinde for a second term in office.
The atmosphere at the Ibadan rally was indicative of the fact that Atiku and Makinde may have settled their rift behind the scene in order to forge a common front ahead of the upcoming general elections next month.
As the rally gets underway, those who spoke so far including the Master of the Ceremony, Senator Dino Melaye; director-general of the Atiku/Okowa Presidential Campaign Council and Sokoto State governor, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, and wife of the presidential candidate, Hajia Amina Titi Atiku Abubakar, among others, said the political differences between Atiku and Makinde have been resolved, calling on all party members and supporters to re-elect Makinde as Oyo State governor in the March 11, 2023 elections.
Recall that Makinde is one of the aggrieved five governors of the PDP otherwise called G-5 or Integrity Group, who are at loggerheads with the party’s national leadership over the continued stay of Dr. Iyorchia Ayu as the national chairman of the PDP since the emergence of Atiku as the presidential candidate.
The G-5 has repeatedly called for Ayu’s removal for a Southerner to take over the affairs of the PDP, as a pre-condition for supporting Atiku’s presidential bid.
Oyo State is the first G-5 State where Atiku presidential campaign train has landed and the last South-West State to campaign.
Watch the campaign video below:
#AtikuOkowa2023:— Official PDP Nigeria (@OfficialPDPNig) January 19, 2023
It’s a carnival-like situation here at the Mapo Hall, venue of the @OfficialPDPNig Presidential Campaign Rally in Ibadan, Oyo State. The PaceSetter state is fully #Atikukated. Join us for more update and Live Stream. #RecoverNigeria pic.twitter.com/Wng95qyCrU