Osun State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), on Thursday adopted Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola as the consensus candidate of the deputy national chairman of the party.
The party in a statement jointly signed by Hon Sunday Bisi, PDP Chairman, Senator Ademola Nurudeen Adeleke, PDP candidate in the 2018 Governorship election and Professor Wale Oladipo, party leader of behalf of elected and statutory delegates of PDP Osun State, and made available to CityMirrorNews in Osogbo on Thursday indicates that the resolution that micro-zoned the position Osun remains during a meeting with Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde remains.
The party described as an attempt to shortchanged the State, the adoption of Taofeeq Arapaja for the position by Makinde.
The statement read, “As a result of Prof. Wale Oladipo’s exclusion. Gov. Oyinlola remains the only aspirant from Osun state for the position of Deputy National Chairman (South) of our party at the convention.
“We vehemently oppose the attempt by Gov. Seyi Makinde to hijack what has been micro-zoned to Osun State, after all, Oyo State already occupies the South West Chairmanship of the party, in person of Amb. Arapaja, who is a member of National Working Committee.
“We therefore unanimously agreed that, all elected and statutory delegates from Osun State to the PDP National Convention should cut our votes for Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola, the only candidate from Osun State for the position of Deputy National Chairman (South). We equally appeal to all the delegates from other states in Nigeria to support the candidature of Prince Oyinlola by voting massively for him at the convention.
“The position of Deputy National Chairman of PDP (South) that has been micro-zoned to Osun state at a meeting presided over by H.E Governor Sey: Makinde in Abuja still stands.”
It also condemned what it termed as “unwarranted, orchestrated and out-rightly illegal exclusion of Prof. Wale Oladipo from standing for election as Deputy National Chairman (South) is nothing but a nape of democracy stating that the reason behind the disqualification was to “smuggle in a weak and pliable candidate into that exalted office knowing fully well that Prof. Oladipo has the National reach to get easily elected at the convention.”
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