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Senate leader faults Akinjide on Akala’s endorsement

By Ola Ajayi
AS the controversy over who should be the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) flagbearer for Oyo State governorship seat in the 2011 continues, the Senate Leader, Teslim Folarin has said the purported endorsement of Governor Adebayo Alao-Akala by some elders of the partty could spell doom for the party in the election.

Senator Folarin, who had kept sealed lips over the endorsement of Governor Alao-Akala by the former Minister of Justice, Chief Richard Akinjide and some elders of the party said the move was unpopular and ill-motivated.

He was speaking at the weekend in Ibadan that only the party’s primary had the power to endorse a candidate but they too could say they prefer a candidate, adding that they erred by using the word endorsement.

He added that it was a glaring fact that the party had to be repositioned if it would make any headway in the 2011 polls and that the era of annointed candidates was over for good in the state.

“What I know about the party and it’s not just Oyo state that has crisis, there is crisis in most chapters of the PDP and as party leader, we should be more concerned about the resolution of these crises so that we can create a level playing ground for everybody”, he stated.

“Again, what is happening at the national level is affecting the resolution because if you don’t have a settled executive at the national level, it will be difficult to achieve peace at the state levels”, he opined.

On the presidential ambition of President Goodluck Jonathan in the 2011 election, he said it would be plausible to allow the president to declare his interest.

“Let us wait until he decides to contest. The guy who spoke is not his PA. He is Special assistant on legislative matters. When he was quizzed later, he said he was only reflecting his personal opinion. You see PDP is a big party, there are people saying Jonathan should contest and there are others saying he should not and others are saying we should respect the zoning system.

“Some are saying the zoning system exists while some others are saying it does not exist. But the good thing about it is that the names of those that were mentioned as signatory to the arrangements are still alive and still members of the PDP. I am very sure that at the appropriate time they will all come together, we will all sit together over the issue.” he assured.


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