By Lawrence Olaoye
President Goodluck Jonathan has charged the leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) from the South West region to ensure that the zone is returned to the ruling party by 2015.
The President made the charge when the party leadership under the aegis of PDP Turnaround Team led by Chief Olabode George visited him to update him on the resolution of the group’s meeting held in Abuja recently.
Jonathan urged the party leaders to close ranks with the view to delivering the zone to the PDP for it to shed the toga of opposition and join mainstream politics.
Bode George had told the President that the south-west PDP was determined to win all the states in the zone in 2015 for the purpose of returning to the center, and had set machinery in motion to that effect.
While presenting a copy of the communiqué at the meeting to President Jonathan, the former Deputy Chairman, PDP south-west informed Jonathan that the PDP in the zone had collectively urged him to declare his intention to run in the 2015 Presidential election.
He equally intimated the President about plans by members of the PDP Turnaround Team to convene a Yoruba Leaders of thought summit at Oduduwa Hall, Ile-Ife, as well as a musical jamboree in Lagos as part of efforts aimed at drumming support for his plan to re-contest the Presidential election in 2015.
The south-west leaders, he revealed, were in the process of reconciling the PDP members with the aim of working as a united body for the task of winning all elections in the zone by 2015.
Those at the meeting on the side of the President include, Vice President Namadi Sambo, PDP National Chairman, Adamu Mu’Azu, PDP Board of Trustees chairman, Chief Tony Anenih, Senate President, Senator David Mark, Deputy Chairman of PDP, Chief Uche Secondus, and others.
South west leaders at the meeting include, Chief Bode George, Barrister Jimoh Ibrahim, Eng Jide Adeniji, Senator Iyiola Omisore, Chief Shuaibu Oyedokun, Alhaji Saka Balogun, Chief Adesiyan Jeilili, Dr Eddy Olafeso, Capt Caleb Olubolade, Adetokunbo Kayode, Gbenga Daniel, and others.