In the last couple of hours, some of the top contenders have pulled out of the race. Akin Ogunbiyi, Fatai Akinbade, Dele Adeleke, and Sanya Omirin have all withdrawn from participating in the primary.
This leaves Senator Ademola Adeleke and Dotun Babayemi in the race expected to be keenly contested.
Some of the party members have raised allegations of bias amid litigations which could have stalled the process, but the party says it will not be deterred from conducting the process that will ensure that a legitimate candidate emerges.
The Osun PDP primary is coming as the party renews its bid to retake Osun state after 12 years of losing the governorship seat to the APC.
In 2018 the PDP candidate polled 254,698 votes while the APC flagbearer polled 254,345. With a gap of 353, the exercise was declared inconclusive, the PDP eventually lost after a rerun election was conducted in some local governments.
Senator Ademola Adeleke, who recently won the governorship primary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Osun State, has been dragged to court by some aggrieved members of the party.
The members are seeking that the court grant an interim order to set aside results of the recently concluded election, claiming that Adeleke has no primary school leaving Certificate.
The plaintiffs also asked the court to grant an order restraining the PDP from presenting Adeleke’s name to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for the September 22nd governorship poll.
When the case came up for mention on Wednesday, July 25, the counsel for the applicants, Mathew Ayandokun, prayed the court for an interim order setting aside the election of Adeleke. He also asked the court to stop the INEC from accepting his nomination as the party’s flag bearer.
Ayandokun after the court hearing told journalists that his client is challenging Adeleke in court because he does not possess and has not produced his school leaving certificate.
Adeleke’s lawyer, Edmond Biri-Omoni, however, debunked these claims.
Biri-Omoni, while addressing journalists insisted that his client has a certificate. He added that it will be proper for him and his client to be put on notice and served with the necessary papers before coming to court.
Justice David Oladimeji adjourned ruling on the application till Thursday, July 26.
Adeleke, a lawmaker representing Osun West district in the National Assembly during the primary held on Saturday, July 21 polled a total of 1,569 votes to beat his closest rival Dr Akin Ogunbiyi who scored 1,562 votes.
Some members and delegates of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Osun State on Monday stormed the party secretariat to protest over the results of the just-concluded gubernatorial primary.
The protesting members at the party secretariat in Osogbo, the Osun state capital carried various placards and chanted slogans alleging that the primary results were manipulated to favour Senator Ademola Adeleke who was declared the winner.
PDP Chieftain, Funso Babarinde told Channels Television during the protest at the party secretariat that the delegates are protesting discrepancies in the primary result.
“We are here to protest the manipulation and the non-compliance with the voting rules and process that took place on Saturday under the supervision of the Governor of Bayelsa State Seriake Dickson.
“The delegates are saying that they voted Dr Akin Ogunbiyi to be the flagbearer of party. But through the process, his votes were manipulated and stolen. They asked for a recount, they recounted only his votes and didn’t count other votes. We are suspecting a lot of discrepancies about this primary,” he said.
They called on the National leadership of the party to order a recount of the votes cast and declare Akin Ogunbiyi as the rightful winner of the primary.
The lawmaker representing Osun West district in the National Assembly, Senator Adeleke won the governorship primary with a total of 1,569 votes to beat his closest rival Dr Akin Ogunbiyi who scored 1,562 votes.
Leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Osun State have given former deputy governor of the state, Iyiola Omisore a 72-hour ultimatum to apologise for allegedly supervising the burning of the party’s flags in Osogbo on Thursday.
The leaders on Friday threatened to initiate disciplinary actions against Omisore if he does not apologise for the alleged act.
The crisis in Osun PDP took a surprising turn on Thursday when some aggrieved members who are allegedly loyal to the former deputy governor burnt the party’s flag at its factional Secretariat in Ogo-Oluwa Local Government Area.
Spokesperson of the leaders, Tajudeen Adeyemi told journalists on Friday that they were shocked, saddened and disappointed at the development.
The leaders, however, jointly issued the 72-hour ultimatum to the former governor saying no one is above the interest and ambition of the party.
“That Otunba Iyiola Omisore must within the next 72hours condemn the barbaric action of the hoodlums who desecrated the PDP flag in his office yesterday and tender an unreserved apology to the leadership of the party for the unacceptable conduct.
“That Otunba Omisore must unequivocally state his stance on the continued membership of the party or otherwise rather in view of the conflicting statements emanating from his aides and confidants in the last 24hours.
“That in the event of Otunba Omisore choosing to remain in the PDP, he must within the same 72hours withdraw all court cases instituted by him through proxies and explore the internal mechanism in the party to resolve any grievances he has.
“That in the event of a failure of Otunba Omisore to do the above, we call the leadership of the party at all levels to take appropriate disciplinary action against him in order to show that no single individuals inordinate ambition is above the larger interest of the party,” the party leaders said.
The forum includes former members of the National Assembly, ex-members of the Osun State House of Assembly, ex-commissioners, ex-local government chairpersons and vice-chairpersons and councillors, as well as other government officials.
The forum also tendered an apology to the National Chairman of the PDP, Uche Secondus for the conduct.
They assured that the burning of the party’s flag does not in any way represent the views and aspirations of the hundreds of thousands of PDP members in Osun state.
The Osun State chapter of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Monday held an inter-religious prayer session at their party secretariat along Ikirun Road, Osogbo ahead of the 2018 governorship election in the state.
Party loyalists in their thousands, led by the Chairman, Dr Soji Adagunodo and stalwarts of the party, converged on the secretariat to pray for the enthronement of a PDP-led government in the state come 2018.
Clerics from various Christian and Islamic denominations took turns to pray, while world-acclaimed gospel singer, Tope Alabi thrilled the excited crowd with spiritual songs.
Addressing newsmen shortly after the prayer session, Dr. Adagunodo gave the assurance that Osun PDP was not only united but ready for 2018 governorship election.
Adagunodo assured the people of Osun state that his party would present a credible candidate but charged members to join the moving train to work assiduously and ensure victory for PDP come 2018.
According to him, the people of Osun State are fed up with the All Progressives Congress-led administration in the state.
“No human being can get anything except it is given by God and you know the position of authority is ordained by God and not man made.
“It’s only God that ordains people; starting from kings to men in authority. So if you believe in God what you have to first do is to go to God and ask him to direct us to his own person that will work well either at the state or national level for the benefit of the people and that is why we have to start by employing the power of prayer and not just any kind of prayer.
“This is not just a political gathering, we are trying to seek the face of God for this state, seek the face of God for Nigeria, things are not going the way it should go, things are not well with Nigeria and we pray to God that He should take over and change things for the better for Nigerians for the positive, ” he said.
Speaking on the plan of the party to secure victory over the ruling All Progressives Party in the state, Dr Adagunodo said: “We are going to call a stakeholders’ meeting and institute committees and directorates that will work with the working committee of the party to start work towards the journey of winning election in 2018.
“In the next one week we are calling the meeting. We intend to roll out our plans and activities and we will let you all know how we will pick our gubernatorial candidate and what we are going to do to ensure that the party is popular in the state.
“The last stakeholders meeting, I threw open the race that whoever is interested should apply, some have applied, and maybe we are still expecting more but I can assure you that we are going to pick a gubernatorial candidate that will represent PDP without rancor
“We want to try as much as possible to ensure that by the time we are picking, consensus of opinion will be reached to pick one person but we will do a transparent primary election that will ensure a credible candidate is picked to represent the PDP.
“This is just the beginning; you can see the crowd gathered here, there will be massive mobilisation.
They will see what we call dragging of masses to change government, we are going to do it, we have the plan and the blueprint and we are going to roll it out and I can assure you that in the next six months we will have been seen as the party in waiting for government by the grace of God.”
Chieftains of the party at the event include Hon Oluwole Oke, member, House of Representatives, former Speaker, Osun House of Assembly, Hon Adejare Bello, Hon. Hon. Kayode Oduoye, , Akogun Lere Oyewumi, Senator Felix Ogunwale, Senator Olasunkanmi Akinlabi, Ambassador Gunju Adesakin among others.
The Chief Press Secretary to the INEC Chairman, Mr Kayode Idowu, has assured Nigerians that the Osun election would be an improvement on what was witnessed in Ekiti State.
On the Friday edition of Sunrise Daily on Channels Television, he expressed confidence in the electoral body’s preparation and “rigging proof” measures towards ensuring a credible Osun election and also gave assurances that the template created during the Ekiti State governorship election has since been improved upon.
One of such is in the area of logistics. He explained that during the Ekiti State election, 95.6% of the polling units opened by 8am and the commission hopes “to go beyond that” in the Osun election.
Channels Television correspondent had earlier reported that the farthest of the communities in Osun State were within 30 minutes’ drive from the state capital and this is expected to make logistics much easier for the electoral body.
Mr Idowu corroborated this by saying that the commission had made further logistic arrangements and had done “everything humanly possible to have a seamless operation and so far things are going on well”
Although, he admitted that Osun presents a bigger challenge as it has 30 Local Government Areas, unlike Ekiti which has 16. He also explained some of the logistic innovations of the commission, including the setting up of Super Registration Centre Areas, which are centrally located schools where officials camp overnight to enable them deploy early for the polling units.
There had been an allegation by one of the political parties that another party was making plans to rig the election, our correspondence noted that it appeared that they had details of the plan as they presented a document to back the claims.
Mr Idowu said that INEC would not connive with any political party and if there were any proofs that plans existed to rig the Osun election, it would be dealt with by the Commission.
Mr Idowu also explained the Commission’s decision to use colour codes for the ballot papers. He said that this would help curtail the chances of remote thumb printing as each polling unit would have its peculiar colour which would not be acceptable in another unit.
On the stakeholders meeting held earlier in the week, the INEC man expressed hope that the meeting would have laid to rest some of the issues that the electoral body had with political parties. He cited the example of certain electoral rules and regulations which some persons were encouraging their supporters to break.
He said that it amounts to illegality for any voter to snap pictures of the ballot paper or thumb printed potion as being advised by a political party. He added that no camera is allowed to film a voter while thumb-printing and this includes the media.
The issue of the voters cards being cloned was also mentioned and Mr Idowu asserted that INEC’s procedures were such that if anybody clones a card, it would be useless, as it was printed based on an optimized process which means it is personalized with the owner’s biometric data. He added that the Commission has also rejected proxy distribution and also enforced the owner of every card signing during collection and all these were measures to ensure the success of the Osun polls.
“The voters’ card has your picture, its like the drivers license”, he said, as he maintained that anyone who gets hold of another person’s voters card would not be able to use it.
Mr Kayode Idowu also went ahead to reel out the procedures involved in the voting process.
The first Executive Governor of Osun State and one of the aspirants of the just concluded People’s Democratic Party (PDP) governorship primaries in the state, Senator Isiaka Adeleke, has said that in spite of the result declared, he has no intention of crossing to any other party.
Addressing his delegates gathered from across the 30 Local Government Areas of the state in Ede, Osun State, Senator Adeleke stated that he would seek redress from the national secretariat of the party, saying that the ward congress preceding last Saturday’s governorship primary of the PDP was marred with “irregularities”.
According to him, a petition had been sent to the national leadership of the PDP on the irregularities noticed in the conduct of the ward congress across the state and ultimately the governorship primaries held in Osun State.
Senator Adeleke and other leaders of the party, however, were specific on not leaving the PDP, but urged the delegates to be united and work for the progress of the Party at the August 9, 2014 polls.
Senator Isiaka Adeleke was one of the four aspirants in the race for the PDP governorship ticket until the last day when he announced he would boycott the primary because of the threat to his life and his supporters
The governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ekiti State, Dr Kayode Fayemi, has revealed that the welfare of Ekiti people remains priority to his administration.
Speaking during his re-election campaign rally in Oye Local Government of Ekiti State, the Governor said that he had been tested ok, with his performance in the last three years being also verifiable, including the peace which has been restored in the state.
He also challenged candidates from other political parties to come up with what they had done for the people in the past.
The Director-General of Fayemi Campaign Organization, Bimbo Daramola, also said that Dr. Fayemi was the people’s choice candidate, having done creditably well for the people of the state and adjudged to be deserving of another term in office.
The campaign started in Oye Local Government Area of Ekiti State, with the Governor and all the cabinet members, including the party leaders and supporters in the campaign train, as they moved from one community to the other.
He also visited traditional rulers within the local government as he called for their supports and the votes of their communities so as to “continue with the good work.”
The traditional rulers confirmed the transformation in the state, but not without presenting the Governor with requests as regards more work that needed to be done. Dr Fayemi, however, promised to work on their requests as soon as he is re-elected.
Former governor of Osun State and governorship aspirant in the Osun State governorship race has said that he would boycott the People’s Democratic Party’s primaries planned to hold in Osogbo the state capital on Saturday.
Mr Adeleke said that he was afraid of a possible violence that may occur in the course of the primaries.
The former governor also revealed that he was not confident of the credibility of Saturday’s exercise, as he said that he would only get back in the race when he gets the assurance that the party would conduct credible primaries.
Mr Adeleke added that he had it in good authority that there were threats of violence and he would not want to put his supporters’ lives in danger.
Mr Isiaka Adeleke had earlier in the week accused his co-aspirant, Senator Iyiola Omisore and the recently appointed Minister of Police Affairs, Jelili Adesiyan, of allegedly assaulting him on Tuesday night in Osogbo, the state capital.
Mr Oluwole Oke, and Senator Olasunkanmi Akinlabi, are also aspirants in the PDP governorship race.