Osun Governorship: PDP Clears Senator Adeleke, 10 Others
The 11 governorship aspirants in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the forthcoming Osun State election, have been asked to produce the party’s flag bearer by themselves.
The aspirants are Sen. Akanbi Abdulrasheed, Dr Oyewumi Olalere, Nathaniel Oke, Sen. Ogunwale Felix and Fatai Akinbade.
Others are Dr Ezekiel Adeniji, Dr Akin Ogunbiyi, Dr Ayoade Adewepo, Rafiu Bello, Sen. Ademola Adeleke and Prof. Adeolu Durotoye.
The party’s Screening Committee led by former Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Austin Okpara, met with the aspirants at the party national secretariat in Abuja on Wednesday where it gave the advice.
The committee, however, noted that where the aspirants fail to reach a common ground, the party will go ahead with the conduct of a primary to elect the gubernatorial candidate of the party.
PDP Deputy National Secretary and member of the screening committee, Agboh Emmanuel, stated this during the meeting with all the aspirants.
He said the present national leadership of the PDP is not prepared to compromise its principle of fairness and transparency in the conduct of the exercise.
He said: “Let me state this very clear that the Peoples Democratic Party under the leadership of Prince Uche Scondus will not compromise, in all the contest beginning from the election of the three-man delegates and to the state congress that will produce one of you as the flag bearer of the party.
“We urge all of to engage in meaningful discussion and if you are unable to harmonize, the leadership of the party will not fail in organizing a free and fair primary election, just as we did in Ekiti.
“When we were going to Ekiti, maybe because we have a sitting governor people thought we will bend the rules, but we stood our grounds and organized the best primary election in recent time.
“To us at the PDP, the definition of leadership in its context was sincerity of purpose, candidates that play by the rules.
“We are not going to organize a hitch-free primary for or against an individual, we are going to do it because that is the needful that we must do to win Osun State.[VIDEO] Nigeria Vs Iceland | See How Nigerians Reacted To World Cup Win