July 1, 2010

2011: PDP guber aspirants protest Omisore’s alleged endorsement

By Gbenga Olarinoye
The purported endorsement of Senator Iyiola Omisore as governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Osun State for the 2011 election is already causing ripples amongst the party members in the state.

Most of the governorship aspirants of the party in the state, it was gathered are grumbling over the development, saying that the party did not respect the principle of fairness over its alleged pronouncement that Omisore would be the candidate of the party in the 2011 election.

No fewer than 16 aspirants have collected intention forms to contest the next year governorship election flying the PDP flag next year, including former Secretary to the state government, Alhaji Fatai Akinbade and former Chief of Staff, Elder Peter Babalola.

It was further learnt that the aggrieved governorship aspirants and party stakeholders forwarded a petition to the President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan and National Executive of the party in Abuja for the top hierarchy to intervene and save the party from imminent collapse.

While the petitioners were requesting dissolution of the Ademola-led Osun State chapter of PDP with demand for a caretaker committee without any delay, party followers have formed parallel groups in most parts of the state and have since been conducting political meetings.

The National Secretariat yielded to the request of the petitioners and directed the South-West Zone of PDP to probe the allegation and report the outcome of its investigation to Abuja.

The governorship aspirants, it was gathered were summoned to appear before the panel sitting in Ibadan, capital of Oyo State.

The panel consists of Ropo Adesanya, Nike Oluwole, Lanre Orimoye, Sunday Ogunlade and W O Lawal while the National Vice Chairman of the party in the Zone, Alhaji Tajudeen Oladipo who was supposed to preside over the probe opted out because he is also from Osun State.