From Oluseye Ojo, Ibadan

Oyo State Governor, ‘Seyi Makinde, has urged chieftains, faithful and stakeholders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to embrace peace and begin a healing process so that the party is repositioned as a vibrant opposition to the ruling APC.

He spoke against the backdrop of series of internal wrangling that rocked the PDP prior to the general elections.

A statement by his spokesperson,   Sulaimon Olanrewaju, quoted the governor as stating this during the retreat organised by the party for elected officials  in Bauchi.

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Makinde, who is Vice Chairman, Nigeria Governor’s Forum (NGF),  said it was important that the healing processes commences immediately.

He enjoined the party members to put aside issues capable of causing division as a result of the in-fightings that occurred during the general elections and embrace peace.

“Well, I want to point out that we went through a gruelling election, and whether we want to admit it or not, we had issues amongst ourselves during the elections. But, you know what, the healing process has to start and it must start now. We must focus on things that will unite us. We must, as a matter of urgency be forward-looking. We have to tell ourselves the home-truth. One thing I can say is that, for the governors of the PDP, who are present here, I will say that the governors are willing, ready and able to play a stabilising role in this party.”

Makinde tasked party faithful and elected officers to be ready to be “responsible opposition party where it is required, do things in the interest of this country. This is because if there is no Nigeria, there is no us.”