At a special meeting in Lagos chaired by the leader of the party in the zone, Chief Olabode George, the zonal PDP also urged the need by President Goodluck Jonathan to “accommodate the South-West in the remaining executive positions in the Federal Ministries, Departments and Agencies”.
The communique at the end of the meeting reads: “The South West leaders of the PDP held a summit on 25th June, 2013 in Lagos in a deliberate and conscious effort to re-strategize and reposition the party towards regaining and reclaiming South West States in the forthcoming elections. The meeting, which was well attended by elders and key stakeholders in the zone, hereby resolved as follows:
1. Having been briefed of the outcome of the leaders meeting with the President, the stakeholders resolved that the BOT members should continue to pressurize the Presidency on the need to accommodate the South-West in the remaining executive positions in the Federal Ministries, Departments and Agencies.
2. Elders agreed that there is a need for peace and unity in the zone and that everyone should see the 2014 elections in Osun and Ekiti states as a starting point for the return of PDP to governance and relevance.
3. The zonal leadership upheld the status quo as regards the present zonal offices and positions in strict compliance with approved guidelines of the NEC as announced by the convention committee and called on the leaders in each state to encourage candidates with requisite experience, integrity and loyalty to the party to contest.
4. The leaders resolved to support and respect the decision of the national leadership to reposition the party.
5. The leaders acknowledged and support the guidelines approved by NEC which disqualified all members of the care-taker committee from contesting any of the positions in the forthcoming zonal congress and national convention.
- Elder Wole Oyelese’s motion, which acknowledges the significant selfless leadership of Chief Olabode George in the South-West, was upheld unanimously. The meeting commended Chief Bode George for his leadership steps in the resolution of the challenges facing the South-West and he was endorsed to continue to lead the zone in the interface with the Presidency.