Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde has rejected the offer to lead the Peoples Democratic Party’s Presidential Campaign Council as the Director-General.
Sources close to the PDP top echelon has revealed that the Presidential Candidate Atiku Abubakar offered the DG role to the Oyo State Governor.
Atiku decided to pick Governnor Makinde because it is the region where the All Progressives Congress Presidential Candidate, his main challenger, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, comes from. The Atiku camp wants a top politician from the region to lead his campaign to take the battle to the doorstep of Tinubu.
All Progressives Congress picked its Vice Presidential candidate, Senator Kashim Shettima, from North East where Atiku comes from. Shettima is a very popular and charismatic politician and former Governor of Borno State.
“Atiku does not want Tinubu to have a free reign in South West. He wants Governor Makinde to lead his campaign as DG primarily to be a bulwark against Tinubu’s momentum in the region,” said a source.
Governor Makinde, according to sources close to him, politely turned down Atiku’s offer on the premise that he has his own re-election battle to contend with and he does not want any distraction given that he has two formidable challengers in the persons of APC candidate, Senator Teslim Folarin, and Accord Party Candidate, Mr. Adebayo Adelabu.
Adelabu was Oyo State APC Governorship candidate in the 2019 election and former Deputy Governor of Central Bank while Folarin was PDP governorship candidate in the state in the 2015 election.
Some party sources also revealed that Makinde might have used his own re-election as a perfect alibi to reject the DG job and that his main reason may be due to his relationship with Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike who is still aggrieved over how Atiku side-stepped him to pick Delta State Governor Ifeanyi Okowa as his Vice Presidential candidate.