- The PDP governorship aspirants in Osun state have asked the party leadership to drop Senator Ademola Adeleke as its gubernatorial candidate
- This was stated by the aspirants at a press conference in Osogbo, the state capital
- According to them, PDP may not be able to secure the support of critical stakeholders in the state with Senator Adeleke’s candidacy
The national leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has been asked by the seven governorship aspirants of the party in Osun state to drop Senator Ademola Adeleke as the candidate of the party in the September 22 governorship election.
Punch reports that the aspirants which include, Dr Akin Ogunbiyi; Senators Olasunkanmi Akinlabi and Felix Ogunwale; Professor Adeolu Durotoye and Dr Ayoade Adewopo, said this at a joint press conference in Osogbo on Thursday, July 26.
NAIJ.com gathers that the other aspirants are Adejare Bello and Jide Adeniji. Even though they were both absent at the press conference, their names were listed as supporting the call.
Reading the address, Olasunkanmi said: “The candidacy of Senator Ademola Adeleke will further divide rather than unite the PDP in Osun state in view of the fact that a great number of the party members will not feel secure working for him, because of the very controversial circumstances of his nomination.
“The PDP may not be able to secure the support of critical stakeholders in the state with Senator Adeleke’s candidacy, because of his not too impressive public conduct as a senator of the Federal Republic.
“In view of the foregoing, therefore, we the under listed aspirants call on the national leadership of our party to rescind its decision on the nomination of Senator Ademola Adeleke as our candidate for the September 22 governorship election.
“We are actually facing a challenge at present. It is a storm that will pass and I, Dr Akin Ogunbiyi and other aspirants will not leave the PDP under any guise. We believe that the leadership of the party will do the right thing. We will stay together and fight to uproot the government of APC."
According to Durotoye, the aspirants and people of the state want the party to announce the name of the “real winner” as the party’s governorship candidate.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that the senator representing Osun West senatorial district at the Senate, Ademola Adeleke, was declared the winner of the People Democratic Party (PDP) gubernatorial election held on Saturday, July 21, in the state.
Ademola who is the younger brother of the first civilian governor of the state, late Isiaka Adeleke, polled 1,569 votes to defeat his closest rival, Akin Ogunbiyi, who polled 1,562 votes.
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