- The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), on Tuesday, constituted a 128-man national campaign council for the Osun State governorship election coming up on July 16
- The campaign council is headed by the Bayelsa State Governor, Douye Diri as the chairman, while Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, was also named among the 128 other members of the campaign council by the party
- In a twist, the vice presidential candidate and Delta state Governor Ifeanyi Okowa and Governor Darius Ishaku of Taraba attended the event
Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers state, his Bayelsa State counterpart, Douye Diri who is the chairman Osun State Gubernatorial National Campaign Council, among several of their colleagues were absent on Wednesday, June 29, when the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) inaugurated the campaign council.
Other governors who were absent
Governors Seyi Makinde, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu, Emmanuel Udom, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, Darius Ishaku, Samuel Ortom, Godwin Obaseki, Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri and Bala Mohammed were among the 128 committee members but they were all absent at the inauguration.
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Amb. Umar Damagum reacts
Speaking just before inaugurating the council, acting national chairman, Amb. Umar Damagum, said the sole mandate of the council is “to go to Osun state and win the election for us,” adding that “Osun is key to our presidential election.”
“We have a very popular candidate in Osun and we have no reason not to win the election.
“So I believe with the caliber of people in this committee, I’m sure Osun will become ours, you will make a lot of sacrifices for the task ahead of you, engage stakeholders that are aggrieved.”
Osun 2022: PDP in trouble as party chairman, Adeleke's ex-running mate, 10,000 other members defect to APC
It was reported that the defection took place at the Nelson Mandela Freedom Park, Osogbo, the state capital.
Legit.ng gathers that Hon Wale Ojo, factional state chairman of PDP, and Hon Albert Adeogun, running mate to the PDP candidate in the 2018 governorship election in Osun, were among those who dumped the PDP for the APC.
Political thugs, cult groups may threaten Osun election, observers warn
Meanwhile, Yiaga Africa, a leading election observer group, has raised an alarm that the Osun governorship election billed for Saturday, July 16 may be threatened by activities of political thugs and cult groups.
This was contained in Yiaga Africa's Watching The Vote Pre-election observation report for Osun state made available to Legit.ng on Monday, June 13.
The organisation said it deployed long-term observers to all 30 local government areas in Osun state to assess preparatory activities of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) towards the election, the security planning, activities of election stakeholders, campaigns, and activities of political parties, and voter education in the state and violence monitoring.