… one aspirant Injured, hospitalized
…as aspirant leads thugs to disrupt exercise
By Bode Akinbode, Ibadan
The Oyo State Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) primaries aimed at producing party candidates to represent the party at the forthcoming local government election in the state, was on Monday disrupted in Lagelu local government.
The party chairmanship aspirants,(name withheld), was alleged to have mobilized members of the proscribed National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) to disrupt and hijack the process in Lagelu local government.
Newsmen had gone out to monitor the party’s primaries election in Ibadan on Monday shortly after the exercise was disrupted in Lagelu local government.
The exercise which was scheduled to hold at Community Primary School, Alegongo was, however, disrupted by NURTW men numbering over 200 in about 40 vehicles allegedly spearheaded by the aspirant before the arrival of supervisors, party delegates, party members, and other critical stakeholders who are expected to be on ground before commencement of the exercise.
A statement unanimously signed by no fewer than 3 Chairmanship aspirants, Babalola Asimiyu, Kelani Abdulahi Sola, and Taiwo Adesina, out of the 9 aspirants in Lagelu and made available to newsmen, alleged that the exercise was a total contraction of the principle of internal democracy, and what Governor Seyi Makinde as well as Oyo State PDP represents and therefore, dissociated themselves from the party primary which was marred by violence and gross irregularities that resulted to one of the aspirants, Honorable Olufemi Ajibade, being seriously injured and currently receiving medical attention at an undisclosed hospital.
The chairmanship aspirants in the statement explained that the aim of the alleged aspirant was to use the transport union members to wreak havoc on party members who had converged peacefully and conducting themselves in a peaceful manner for the purpose of electing who should represent them at the forthcoming local government election slated for May 15.