Senator Ademola Adeleke, has reacted after a high court in Osun state declared Dotun Babayemi as the authentic gubernatorial candidate for the people’s democratic party (PDP).
DAILY GIST reported that the court had validated the election of the factional People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and affirmed the emergence of Dotun Babayemi as the authentic gubernatorial candidate of the party
However, Adeleke said that he remains the official candidate of the party ahead of the July 16 poll, notwithstanding the court’s affirmation of Dotun Babayemi.
He also commended the national leadership of the party for its steadfastness in protecting the party’s constitution.
Adeleke commended Iyorchia Ayu’s leadership of the party describing it as being honest, transparent and fair to all in the handling of the governorship primaries, adding that, “our leaders obeyed and enforced the party’s constitution, irrespective of whoever was involved.
He said “The leadership rejected frantic bid to disenfranchise us. The NWC insisted on due process and tradition. I am a product of due compliance with the PDP and Nigeria’s constitution.
”By law and tradition, I remain the flag bearer of our great party, and I am ready with God and men to lead the PDP to victory,” the businessman turned politician said.
While describing the ongoing legal tussle as nothing unusual in a statement issued by his campaign organisation, Adeleke said those who headed to the court, and those who filed appeal petitions are only exercising their rights, adding, however, that “in due course, the will of party’s delegates leading to my candidature will be embraced by all.
“I once again call on my fellow aspirants to let us unite to secure victory for the party. Our team is open to all and we promise that we will run an inclusive campaign and government in the best interest of the people of Osun State.”
PDP members in Osun held Governorship primary election of two different factions
The Olagunsoye Oyinlola-backed faction held its primary on Tuesday at the WIDCOF event centre in Osogbo.
The parallel primaries were held simultaneously at the Osun Township Stadium and WOCDIF event centre in Osogbo.
Some of the top contenders pulled out of the race. Akin Ogunbiyi, Fatai Akinbade, Dele Adeleke, and Sanya Omirin all withdrawn from participating in the primary.
This leaves Senator Ademola Adeleke and Dotun Babayemi in the race.
All aspirants who withdrew from the primary of the party including the nephew of Senator Ademola Adeleke – Deji Adeleke had declared support for Babayemi.