- Just 17 days to the gubernatorial election in Osun state, Senator Ademola Adeleke of the PDP and Akin Ogunbiyi are yet to settle their rift
- Ogunbiyi was the second runner-up in the party's primary election
- Adeleke beat Ogunbiyi to the governorship ticket with seven votes
The rift between the gubernatorial candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Ademola Adeleke, and his runner-up in the party's primary election, Akin Ogunbiyi, is yet to be settled by the party, despite the fact that it is just seventeen days to the state governorship election.
Recall that Senator Adeleke won the primary election with seven votes but the result was contested by Ogunbiyi who believed that the election was manipulated to favour Adeleke.
This Day reports that a committee was set up by the leadership of the party and headed by Senator David Mark for the purpose of settling the rift between the duo.
NAIJ.com gathers that Adeleke was told to concede some positions to the Ogunbiyi group, including the deputy governorship seat as well as the Osun West senatorial ticket.
Report has it that Senator Adeleke is yet to honour the agreement. The senator has been told by Ogunbiyi to be honourable and upright so as not to jeopardise the chances of the party in the gubernatorial election.
Ogunbiyi stated in a statement issued by his press secretary, Ismail Afolabi, that it is known to the people of Osun that the senator did not win the governorship primary.
The statement read: “In the interest of the PDP, one would not have responded to the indecorous utterances from Senator Ademola’s campaign office and hope that the governorship candidate and his team will learn to be honourable over time, if they had simply stopped at their extreme enmity and not resorted to telling serial lies against Dr. Ogunbiyi.
“It is not unknown to the great people of Osun and of course, the PDP faithful that Dr Ogunbiyi actually won the July 21st primary election of the party but Senator Ademola allegedly dubiously clinched the gubernatorial ticket through manipulation. And since then, the senator and some of his followers have been calling for the head of Ogunbiyi.
“Already, it is almost seven weeks after the party primaries and Ademola’s camp has infamously remained hell bent at bringing Ogunbiyi to his knees for no just course after all Ogunbiyi is not their opponent at coming election.
“This said, the dishonourable statement credited to the campaign office of Senator Ademola doesn’t come as a surprise, as they have resorted to all forms of lies and blackmail to cover up the dismal reactions on their poorly coordinated outings.
“Also after the primaries, the national leadership of the party, led by Prince Uche Secondous, the respected PDP national chairman and his executives had brokered peace between Ademola and Ogunbiyi wherein they ceded the deputy governorship position to Ogunbiyi’s camp, among other things. But today, everyone knows that it is the Adelekes, not Ogunbiyi that floated the pact.
“Furthermore, contrary to the skewed claim by Senator Adeleke’s campaign office, Dr Ogunbiyi is accessible to all and on collision course with none. As a core party man and peace loving person, shortly after the controversial primaries, he publicly declared that he has nothing against the Adelekes and expressed willingness to work for the party.”
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that the national leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was reportedly unhappy over its inability to settle the rift between the camp of Senator Ademola Adeleke and some aggrieved governorship aspirants in Osun state, led by Dr Akin Ogunbiyi.
Senator Adeleke, representing the Osun West senatorial district in the Senate, is the governorship candidate of the PDP in the September 22 election in the state.
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