Osun Governorship: Aspirants’ Withdrawals Rock PDP Primary Election
Seven governorship aspirants of the People Democratic Party in Osun State have withdrawn from the primary election of the party going on in Osgbo, the state capital.
Those that stepped down from the race before commencement of the primary at the GMT Event Centre are former Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Adejare Bello; a lawyer, Dr. Ayoade Adewopo; a university don, Prof. Adeolu Durotoye; former Chairman, Irewole Local Government Area of Osun a State, Lere Oyewumi; former Chairman, Federal Road Maintenance Agency, Jide Adeniji; former Minister of Youths Development, Senator Olasunkanmi Akinlabi; and former Senator representing Osun Central in the Senate, Felix Ogunwale.
It was gathered that the aspirants’ withdrawal was a collective decision to comply with the appeal by the party leadership to ensure cohesion in the party and the spirit of understanding and oneness.
But Senator Ademola Adeleke, Dr. Akin Ogunbiyi, Barr. Nathaniel Oke and Fatai Akinbade, still remain in the race.
Unlike the All Progressives Congress (APC) that adopted the direct system to conduct its primary election on Friday, in which Governor Rauf Aregbesola’s Chief of Staff, Gboyega Oyetola emerged the candidate of the party, PDP adopted the indirect (collegiate) system in conducting the election.
Over 3,000 delegates are expected to vote for their candidates of choice in the election, which has governor of Bayelsa State, Sierake Dickson, as the chairman of the party’s electoral panel .
As at the time of filing this report, voting has been temporarily suspended.
There were allegations that some unaccredited delegates are being allowed to vote but it is not clear who the unaccredited delegates are voting for.
Some of the delegates claimed that some former delegates who had left the PDP for the Social Democratic Party were brought in to vote in the exercise.
Bounce News gathered that chairman of the PDP in Osun State, Soji Adagunodo, wrote a letter to the National Headquarter of the party to effect the necessary changes in the delegates list but this was not done.
Some of the aggrieved party members were heard booing the chairman and calling him and other party leaders unprintable names.
To calm the frayed nerves down, Gov. Dickson suspended the exercise temporarily in order to restore sanity and ensure that unaccredited persons do not vote in the exercise.
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