A member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Osun state, Oluwafemi Noheem has described the purported endorsement of Senator Ademola Adeleke as candidate of the party for the 2022 governorship election in the state by some members of the party as laughable and child’s play.
Noheem also said it was unreasonable and fallacious for anybody or group t move what it described as unguided motion for Hon Soji Adagunodo to step aside as the party’s chairman in the state.
According to Noheem in a press statement signed by its Publicity Secretary, and made available to CityMirrorNews in Osogbo, on Wednesday, those moving the motions and endorsement were jesters and gold-diggers who wanted to keep exploiting Dr Deji Adeleke, Senator Ademola’s elder brother.
The press release reads: “It was shocking to see the social media in Osun buzzing yesterday over the purported endorsement of Sen. Ademola Adeleke as the PDP Gubernatorial candidate for 2022 and the endorsement of his brother as the Leader of the party in the State.
“It is sad that those who are supposed to know how the political games are played according to the party rules, sat down while people were moving and supporting motions in an ‘Amala and Gbegiri’ occasion.
“The party was supposed to be in a sober mood after our undeserved loss at the Supreme court just few days back. We should have commenced a forensic and thorough analysis of all the recent elections so as to understand how and where things went wrong and how best to approach the future.
“The fifth columnists have started their shenanigans early enough on the party, but we can boldly say that those who raised and supported that motion are not sincere PDP members. That occasion for one, was a Thanksgiving program, not a party event meant for such act, if it will ever take place.”
He added: “Without sounding immodest, Dr. Deji Adeleke has done so well for Osun PDP by financing his brother’s election and supporting the party as need arises, but it will be unfair to run the man into another venture almost immediately even if he is willing. This is clearly an attempt to keep his deep pocket open, so that some persons can continue to rip him off.
“He is not a card carrying member of the party to the best of my knowledge and he has not held or contested any political office to be crowned as the Leader.
“To the best of my understanding, this endorsement in fact exposes Sen. Ademola Adeleke to the evil machinations of the APC, a party that has been known over the years for desperation, wickedness and daylight political robbery.
“Even if Ademola Adeleke will fly the flag of the party in 2022 as the motion movers posited, is it not too early to start putting him in the eye of the storm?
“What Osun people need now is a viable and vibrant opposition that will put the ruling party on its toes so as to ensure good governance and dividends of Democracy in the state before the next round of politicking which is still far more than two years away.
“To achieve this vibrancy that is needed at this time, the structures of the party need be fully mobilised to do things according to the dictates of the party rules. Internal democracy is key and must not be derailed by this premature endorsement.
“The party needs to consolidate on the love it received from Osun people in the last round of elections to solidify its position in the hearts of the people and map out its comeback in 2022/2023. This is what I believe to be proper strategy.
“I sincerely do hope that yesterday’s endorsement will not ignite a new round of crisis in the party. We are grateful to OSUN people for having faith in OSUN PDP over the years; we appreciate you all for voting PDP.”
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