By Tosin Omojola
After the storm that almost tore the party apart owing to the controversial primaries of the party that led to the emergence of Senator Teslim Folarin as its governorship candidate, the Oyo State Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has now come back stronger.
A chieftain of the party, Engineer Femi Babalola aka Jogoor, who disclosed this in an interview during the week, said members of the party had put the imbroglio behind them and are now waxing stronger ahead of the general elections holding on March 28 and April 11.
‘’We have been able to scale through that crisis period and it has made us to be stronger than before, that is why we are so sure that PDP in Oyo State will deliver during the elections,” said the business mogul
Babalola, who heads the Contact and Mobilisation Committee of the Goodluck Jonathan for President Campaigns in Oyo State, expressed optimism that the incumbent President Jonathan would beat other contenders come March 28.
‘’I have confidence that President Jonathan would be re-elected by Nigerians on March 28 owing to his achievements in the past years. We need continuity in order to get more dividends of democracy and that is why I know that Nigerians will vote for him to consolidate on the good works he has been doing,’’ Babalola added.
Meanwhile, Babalola has described the postponement of the elections by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as a blessing in disguise.
He said it would have been disastrous if the exercise had held as earlier scheduled.
Speaking in Ibadan on Monday, Babalola said many voters would have been disenfranchised had INEC gone ahead to hold the election on February 14 and 28, adding that by shifting the polls, the commission had saved Nigeria a big embarrassment that would have come.
‘’I am very happy that we did not hold the elections as originally scheduled because I know that INEC was not ready for the elections then. Except the commission wants to hide the truth, it was not prepared for the polls to hold then, hence the idea of moving it forward which to me and to every Nigerians has afforded the commission to cover many grounds.
‘’You can imagine the number of people that would have been disenfranchised had we had the elections on February 14 and 28. As at then, many people particularly from the South were yet to get their Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs), which would have disallowed them from voting.
‘’Now, as we speak, a larger percentage of the electorate have been able to get their PVC, due to the postponement of the exercise. You will agree with me that the INEC has been able to achieve a lot with the postponement,’’ he said.