Adeleke Seeks For Support Of Co-Aspirants
Uche Secondus, the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, ahead of the governorship election in Osun State, on Monday, in Abuja, met with Senator Ademola Adeleke, the party’s candidate in the September 22 election and some aggrieved aspirants of the party.
The meeting had the presence of members of the National Working Committee of the party, Dr Akin Ogunbiyi, Senator Akinlabi Olasunkanmu and Senator Felix Ogunwale, among others.
The reconciliation meeting which took place at the Presidential Campaign office of the party popularly called Legacy Building at the Maitama District of Abuja, was aimed at reconciling aggrieved aspirants, especially Ogunbiyi, who came a close second at the party’s primary.
The runner up had however challenged the outcome of the primary before the party’s Appeal Panel, stating that the primary was manipulated in favour of Adeleke.
His petition before the panel was however thrown out as the panel described it as lacking in merit.
The outcome of the meeting which ended in the evening, was however described as fruitful.
A source in the meeting said that a committee of eight, made up of four from both the side of Adeleke and Ogunbiyi, was set up with a mandate to discuss terms of agreements between the two camps.
Report has it that the NWC led by Secondus had met with Ogunbiyi and his group firstly before inviting Adeleke into the meeting, where he had appealed to the co-aspirants to work with him.
The source said, “We were surprised at the peaceful conduct of everyone at the meeting. Everyone spoke in favour of the party and the need to work together to win the election.
“Adeleke also told the gathering that he would run an all-inclusive campaign and government if elected. He promised not to sideline anyone.
“At the end of discussions, we agreed that a committee made up of eight people be set up. The committee is expected to submit its report to the NWC on Tuesday. We are serious about winning the election.”