- Akin Ogunbiyi, former PDP governorship aspirant in Osun, distanced himself from the nullification of Senator Adeleke's nomination as PDP governorship candidate in the state
- Ogunbiyi's political movement said he has no hands in the nullification, adding that the suit he instituted was that of Osun West Senatorial ticket which was taken away from him
- The movement said the accusations against the former PDP governorship aspirant, if not checked, could destabilise the party
A former governorship aspirant on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Akin Ogunbiyi, has distanced himself from the recent disqualification of Senator Ademola Adeleke for participating in the governorship race.
A high court sitting in Abuja nullified the nomination of Senator Adeleke as the candidate of the PDP in the September 2018 governorship election in Osun state.
Ogunbiyi in a statement issued by Idera De Movement, his political movement, and signed by the movement's director of strategy, Kunle Omolere, cautioned Senator Adeleke's supporters against pushing blames on him for for their principal's legal woes.
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Omolere said following the recent court judgment disqualifying Adeleke from participation in the governorship race in the state, series of threats messages had been sent to Ogunbiyi by Senator Adeleke's supporters and loyalists.
He said Senator Adeleke’s alleged examination malpractice matter and subsequent investigation by the police predates the PDP primary and gubernatorial elections, adding that some members of PDP that went to court to challenge Adeleke's eligibility have the right to seek redress.
The statement read in part: "The “Iderea de Movement” wishes to draw the attention of the public to the campaign of calumny and blackmail against the person of Dr Akin Ogunbiyi as well as renewed attacks on his supporters after the judgment on Senator Ademola Adeleke’s eligibility was delivered on Tuesday.
"Senator Ademola Adeleke’s foot soldiers have again resumed their usual blame game and attacks, especially on social media to hoodwink the unsuspecting members of the public. We do not want to assume that every open-minded person understands the happenings, and for the essence of balance, we hereby unequivocally state: that Senator Ademola Adeleke’s examination malpractice matter and subsequent investigation by the police predates the PDP primary and gubernatorial elections.
“That some members of the PDP have exercised their rights to explore judiciary intervention on a perceived injustice is within their rights. It is also on record that the opposition party and other interested members of the public who have an axe to grind with Senator Ademola have approached the court."
Omolere said the suit instituted by Ogunbiyi"was that of Osun West Senatorial ticket which was brazenly taken away from him after all reconciliations to the contrary".
“It is on record that the only case instituted by Dr Ogunbiyi was that of Osun West Senatorial ticket which was brazenly taken away from him after all reconciliations to the contrary. The case had long been decided and the rest is left to posterity."
The movement warned that the accusations from the supporters of Senator Adeleke could destabilise the party.
“The pursuit of the mandate of the PDP at the tribunal and other courts is the priority of all party members, and to the benefits of Osun people who are counting on the PDP. Let it be clear that Dr Ogunbiyi is not doing and will not do anything to frustrate or undermine this shared vision. It should also be clearly understood as well that if anybody is alleged to have acted in contrary to the law, he/she is obliged to rationally defend him/herself in the court and not put blames on an innocent man.
“The name-calling, blackmail and several other campaigns of calumny against Dr Ogunbiyi would have been ignored as usual but for fresh assault and renewed threats to the life of his supporters which have continued unabated while the handlers of the uncivil apologists failed to stop them.
“We wish to state that this new development is capable of destabilising the peace and ongoing reconciliatory efforts of the party leaders. More importantly, we warn these elements to desist forthwith. Otherwise, we will match them with media fury and brimstones," the statement concluded
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that Olapade Agoro, the national chairman of National Action Council (NAC), blamed the present political situation in Osun state on ineffectiveness of the police, judiciary system and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
Speaking on the tension generated by recent declaration of the tribunal panel recognising Senator Adeleke as the winner of 2018 Osun governorship election, Agoro berated the police and judiciary for initially allowing Adeleke to contest.
According to him, the PDP candidate was highly neck-deep in criminal cases, and thus lacked the legal right and moral rectitude to contest.
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