Seven aspirants of the People’s Democratic Party have rejected the list of delegates for the forthcoming primaries to pick the party’ candidate for the October 10 gubernatorial election.
Speaking on behalf of the aspirants, Banji Okunomo, Eyitayo Jegede and Eddy Olafeso, called on the national leadership of the party to reverse the purported insertion of names into the delegates’ list.
They alleged the insertion of names in the list to favour the defected deputy governor, Hon Agboola Ajayi.
The aggrieved aspirants want the Chinda led electoral committee dissolved, as members sold their integrity .
Eddy Olafeso described them as electoral thieves and casted doubt on their ability to deliver.
A member of the party Board of Trustee, Chief Segun Adegoke who spoke on behalf of the elders’ council, noted that several congresses had been conducted in the state without complaints and wondered why Chinda wanted to ruin the chances of PDP in the state, by perpetrating an electoral fraud that could destroy the party and cause crisis.
Caretaker Committee Chairman, Clement Faboyede , described the change in the delegates list by Chinda led committee to favour an aspirant as a fraud, noting that the committee led by Chinda intentionally did not give him a copy of the final results of the ad-hoc delegates ward list.
According to him, he got a copy 48 hours after Chinda had left Akure, which he said was contrary to the party’s guideline.
Meanwhile, the defected deputy governor was not present at the hearing by the PDP appeal panel held at the party’s secretariat.
Responding to the allegations, the Chairman of the Appeal panel, governor Dankwambo, promised to look into their complaints passionately.
He disclosed that his pronouncement would not be the final, “it is the National Working Committee of the PDP in Abuja which represents the Supreme Court of the party on congresses that has the final say’’.
THE ATTACK ON AGBOOLA AJAYI BY OTHER ASPIRANTS IS MISPLACED AND AN EMBARRASSMENT TO PDP – OKEOWO
Media aide to the Deputy Governor, Babatope Okeowo, has denied allegations against his principal, saying the deputy governor has no access to the delegates list.
” Their attack on the deputy governor is misplaced, they should channel their grievances to the appropriate quarters. They are only jittery of the popularity of the deputy governor that’s why they are ganging up against him. He is a foundation member of the PDP and cannot be intimidated by anyone. ” This allegation coming from some PDP governorship aspirants is not only laughable and false but an attempt to blackmail the members of the committee who are in the state for the compilation of the adhoc delegates’ list for the July 20, 2020 party primary. ”
Okeowo stated that the Deputy Governor has become the nightmare of his political adversaries within PDP and their allies in the All Progressives Congress, (APC) in the state because of his political capital and rising acceptance popularity. “We, therefore, urge the general public and committed members of the People’s Democratic Party, (PDP) to disregard in its entirety these panicking measures to pull down the Deputy Governor at all cost. ” lt is highly embarrassing and disgraceful that some PDP gubernatorial aspirants could descend so low to telling lies that the Deputy Governor and his campaign team were in the hotel at night to bribe members of the committee. “Hon Agboola Ajayi has said repeatedly that he is not desperate for PDP’s ticket. ‘’