Choice of guber candidate tears Oyo PDP apart

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…As some chieftains insist on Ibadan man

BY OLA AJAYI

IBADAN—PEOPLES Democratic Party, PDP, in Oyo State has been engulfed by fresh crisis over the choice of its governorship candidate in next year’s gubernatorial election as some chieftains of the party from Ibadan extraction, yesterday said the candidate must come from their area.

A meeting attended by aspirants of Ibadan extraction, yesterday took the decision that would likely frustrate the on-going reconciliation.

At the end of the meeting, they issued a five-paragraph communiqué, which was signed by Elder Wole Oyelese, former Minister of Power and Steel; Alhaji Hazeem Gbolarumi, former Deputy Governor of the state; Professor Taoheed Adedoja, former Chairman, State Universal Basic Education Board; Professor Soji Adejumo; Senator Teslim Folarin, former Senate Leader; Engr Seyi Makinde and Dr. Azeez Adeduntan.

The communiqué read, “that we unanimously agreed to work together as a team to ensure victory for our party in 2015 elections and deliver Oyo State for President Goodluck Jonathan’s re-election. That given the political reality on ground, the PDP candidate who by the grace of Almighty God will be the next governor of Oyo State must come from Ibadan land. That the body takes cognizance of the importance and political interest of other zones and resolves to work assiduously with them to achieve victory for our great party at all levels.

”That we appreciate the patience of our teeming and loyal supporters and indeed the good people of Oyo State for enduring all the inhuman treatments inflicted on them by the current APC administration and we assure them of a responsible and responsive government as from May 29 2015.”

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