By Ishola Balogun
Ahead of the 2015 general elections, the Forum of Local Government Chairmen in Ogun State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has warned aspirants and their backers against name-dropping.
The forum spoke against the backdrop of the outbursts of Chief Alani Bankole, the father of former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Dimeji Bankole, who stormed a recent meeting of the forum and boasted that President Goodluck Jonathan and Alhaji Ahmadu Adamu Mu’azu, the national chairman of the party, asked his son to join the governorship race and had promised to give Bankole an automatic ticket.
In a statementyesterday by the Chairman of PDP in Abeokuta South Local Government and Chairman of the Forum, Hon. Kehinde Sofenwa, the group said: “The elder Bankole’s conduct is unbecoming of an elder and a democrat. We urge him and his son to follow the due process and not seek to usurp constituted authority.
“We know that the decision to drop the name of the President and the national chairman is one of the many lies that the Bankoles are telling in order to hoodwink unsuspecting members of the party. But we remain undeterred and urge our members across the state to remain firm.
“We recall that some months back, they were going about to say that the President and the National Chairman had assured them that the authentic and legally constituted State Exco of our party would be dissolved. But till date, nothing of such has happened. Rather, the party, under the leadership of our able Chairman, Engr. Adebayo Dayo, is waxing stronger.
“Much as we shudder to think if it is the younger Bankole that is in the race or the father, we wish to state without mincing words that all these lies are unfounded.”