Osun 2018: PDP aspirants push for regress, insist primary was marred by irregularities

Osun 2018: PDP aspirants push for regress, insist primary was marred by irregularities

- About seven Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship aspirants in Osun who are at war with the results of the primary in the state, have asked for a redress of the polls

- The aspirants still claim that the primary was massively rigged by the party to favour Senator Ademola Adeleke

- They also accused the party in the state of violating the electoral guidelines issued by its national working committee

Not less than seven aspirants of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the recent governorship primary have faulted and called for a redress of the electoral processes that led to the emergence of Senator Ademola Adeleke.

The PDP aspirants, including the second runner-up, Akin Ogunbiyi, Professor Adeolu Durotoye, among others in a press conference in Osogbo, asked the national leadership of the party to take a second look at its decision on the nomination of Senator Ademola Adeleke as its flag-bearer, Vanguard reports.

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The aggrieved aspirants accused the leadership of the party of carrying on with outright impunity, contrary to the initial promise to change the old way of operation the party is known for.

The group whose press statement was read by Senator Akinlabi argued that the figure of 1562 votes allotted by the five-man electoral panel to Ogunbiyi, was wrong, adding that the actual figure was 1690.

The aspirants said: “Contrary to the promise made by the new leadership of our party, the reign of impunity appears to have continued unabated with the way and manner the primary election in Osun State was conducted.

“The exercise was regrettably marred by gross violations of that Electoral Guidelines issued by the National Working Committee as well as outright manipulation of the results of the election in favour of Senator Nurudeen Ademola Adeleke in a manner suggesting that he was the favoured candidate of some powerful individuals in the top echelon of the PDP.

“We make bold to say that Senator Adeleke did not in fact score the highest number of votes in that primary election, having polled a total number of 1569 as against his major opponent, Dr Akin Ogunbiyi, whose actual votes at the point of sorting was 1690.”

Ogunbiyi said that he is certain that he would reclaim his mandate, adding that only PDP can restore the hope of the people of Osun. He said he would not leave the party.

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He said: “We are not leaving the party under any guise, we believe in the leadership of the party, we will together fight this cause to uproot the bad government of APC in the state. Let me say emphatically that the only party that can restore the hope of the people of Osun is PDP”.

Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that Akin Ogunbiyi, Osun state PDP governorship aspirant, had petitioned the party’s leadership, alleging the rigging of the party’s primary in favour of Senator Ademola Adeleke.

Legit.ng gathered that Ogunbiyi who rejected the poll’s result which declared the serving senator winner of the Osun state PDP governorship primary insisted that it was rigged in Adeleke’s favour.

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Source: Legit.ng

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