Stories by Gbenga Olarinoye
Hundreds of placard carrying supporters of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, yesterday, stormed the secretariat of the party located along Osogbo/Ikirun Road, Osogbo to protest the alleged manipulation of last Saturday’s governorship primary of the party won by Senator Ademola Adeleke.
The protesters, who are supporters of Dr. Akin Ogunbiyi, who came second in the PDP primary, alleged that the exercise was manipulated to favour Adeleke.
Armed with placards with inscriptions such as ‘We don’t want dancing Senator’, ‘Ogunbiyi is our candidate’, ‘Ogunbiyi won Osun guber primary’, the protest which lasted almost one hour, grounded vehicular movements on the ever busy Osogbo/Ilorin road.
Spokesperson for the protesters, Mr. Funmiso Babarinde, said Dr. Ogunbiyi won the primary election but had his victory upturned through manipulations that took place at the venue of the exercise.
Babarinde said: “the process leading to the primary was fraught with irregularities. Also, the main primary was done in such a manner that prevented the actual winner of the exercise, Dr. Akin Ogunbiyi, to be announced.
“We want the party leadership to look into the votes gathered by the aspirants again and ensure that proper thing is done. We see the September election as the major faith decider for PDP in Osun state.