Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, the Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP) presidential candidate, need not have his picture on campaign vehicles in Oyo State, according to governor Seyi Makinde.
The governor who spoke in Ibadan asserted that politicians are free to use their campaign strategies.
When asked why none of the campaign vans parked outside the governor’s residence in the Ikolaba neighborhood of Ibadan bore Atiku’s face, the governor replied, “Is that the only location you have seen branded automobiles.”
“I have seen branded cars by state House of Assembly candidates with just pictures of others running for House of Representatives in their localities.
“Anybody that branded cars with his own money… You see, you can’t force them to put my picture or someone else’s picture to vote for him.”
Makinde revealed that the “G5” governors of the PDP in Nigeria—Nyesom Wike (Rivers), Seyi Makinde (Oyo), Samuel Ortom (Benue), Ifeanyi Ugwanyi (Enugu), and Okezie Ikpeazu (Abia)—have presented a reconciliatory document, which is currently being discussed within the party.
Those that left the party did so owing to their political ambitions. Work is ongoing at bringing every party member together ahead of the 2023 general elections.
“Of course, we are reaching out to them, while some are vindicated on dropping their ambitions to join back in the party,” Makinde told the press.