Osun PDP Adopts Oyinlola As Deputy National Chairmanship Candidate

    By Deborah Oladejo, Osogbo
    The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), in Osun State has adopted the former Governor of the state, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola as the consensus candidate for the Deputy National Chairman of the party.
    The party in a statement jointly signed by its Chairman, Hon Sunday Bisi, its governorship candidate in the 2018 election, Senator Ademola Nurudeen Adeleke and one of the party leaders, Prof. Wale Oladipo, on behalf of elected and statutory delegates in the state, indicated that the resolution that micro-zoned the position to Osun during a meeting with Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde stands.
    The party described as an attempt to shortchange the state, the adoption of Taofeeq Arapaja for the position by Makinde.
    The statement reads: “As a result of Prof. Wale Oladipo’s exclusion, Prince 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 Governor 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 the National Working Committee.
    “We therefore unanimously agreed that, all elected and statutory delegates from Osun State to the PDP National Convention should cast 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 His Excellency, Governor Seyi Makinde in Abuja still stands.”
    It also condemned what it termed as unwarranted, orchestrated and out-rightly illegal, the exclusion of Prof. Wale Oladipo from standing for election as Deputy National Chairman (South).
    The party leaders described the move as a rape 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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