Kwara PDP Unveils Governorship Candidate

Kwara PDPThe Kwara State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has officially unveiled Senator Simeon Ajibola as its governorship candidate for the 2015 election.

There had been wrangling on whether the National Working Committee would approve the candidature of Senator Simeon Ajibola or not but the press conference involving all the gladiators confirmed his acceptance by everybody.

Presenting the party’s candidate to the elders and other members of the party at the press conference in Ilorin, the Kwara PDP Chairman, Iyiola Oyedepo, noted that he had undergone a free and acceptable primary election.

He added that with academic records spanning several years, Ajibola stood the chance of winning the election in the state.

Senator Simeon Ajibola, in his response, commended his co-contestants for their courage and members of the party for considering him worthy to be the flag bearer.

He described their support and encouragement as the pillar of his strength, promising not to disappoint but to ensure the victory of the party during the 2015 governorship election.

Senator Ajibola, while commending other aspirants for their support, also surprised many people present when he announced Mr Yinka Aluko as his running mate.

Yinka Aluko, who until then had been the senatorial candidate for Kwara central, thanked the elders and stakeholders in the party for choosing him. He promised to be loyal and dedicated to the party.

Kwara PDP Affirms Support For Simeon Ajibola As Governorship Candidate

simeon-ajibolaThe simmering dissent in the Kwara State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) appears to have taken a new turn, as 23 members of the 30-member state executive have affirmed their support for the emergence of Senator Simeon Ajibola as the party’s governorship candidate.

Addressing a press conference on Wednesday, the State Deputy Chairman of the party, Mr Attahiru Manko, berated the party’s Chairman, Iyiola Oyedepo, for his statement over the result of the governorship primaries.

Mr Oyebode had said that he would wait for the affirmation of the candidature from the national headquarter of the party, a statement Mr Manko said was not correct.

He questioned why the the chairman should foot-drag in presenting the winner to the members, since the primary election had been adjudged free, fair and credible by the electoral committee and other aspirants.

The Kwara State PDP had witnessed series of controversies over the choice a governorship candidate.

The first election conducted in the state was canceled with a new election conducted. After the second election, Senator Simeon Ajibola was declared winner but some members of the party also refused to accept the result of the election. They said Senator Ajibola was being imposed on them.

 

PDP Endorses Ajibola As Kwara Governorship Candidate

PDPThe Kwara State Chapter of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has declared its support for the candidature of Sen. Simeon Ajibola as the party’s governorship candidate in next year’s governorship election.

A statement signed by the Assistant Publicity Secretary of the party, Femi Yusuf, noted that since other governorship aspirants have openly declared their support his (Ajibola) candidacy, it restated the party’s resolve to work with the candidate and urged party supporters to disregard any rumour or speculation contrary to that.

The party noted that it stands with the result of the primary held on the December 11, 2014 which produced Senator Ajibola and appealed to members to remain calm and support the candidate of the party.

Kwara PDP Challenges APC Threat To Recall Senator

In reaction to the threat by Kwara South stakeholders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to recall the only People’s Democratic Party (PDP) senator from the state, Simeon Ajibola, members of the PDP from the zone have expressed their support and loyalty to the senator.

The PDP members who converged on Illoffa, the headquarters of Oke-Ero Local Government, passed a vote of confidence on Senator Simeon Ajibola, assuring him of their continued support, while also calling on President Jonathan to urgently declare his intention to run for the presidency in 2015.

The PDP members were reacting to a statement signed by the Secretary of the Kwara South Stakeholders APC Forum, Yemi Afolayan, where the party had threatened to recall the PDP Senator, for non-performance among other allegations.

The PDP group, consisting politicians, professional bodies and market leaders from the seven local governments making up the constituency converged to counter the threat and express their support for the PDP senator.

A PDP leader in the state and spokesman for the group, Suleiman Ajadi, noted that the senator has been representing them well and they have no plan or intention to recall the man whom they see as the ‘Moses of their time’ adding that he has liberated them from poverty and servitude.

Another PDP leader in the state, Moses Ibiyemi, wondered how APC as a party would threaten to recall someone elected on the platform of PDP, adding that only legitimate members of his party platform could institute such process.

The representative of the youth wing of the party, who also doubles as a member of the State Caretaker Committee, Aliyu Dansofo, expressed the support of the youths in the state for the senator and called on President Jonathan not to delay in declaring his intention to run for second term, having performed satisfactorily in all sectors.