Youth Renewal Movement Urges Adeleke To Withdraw From Governorship Race
PDP has been threatened by a group in the state, Osun State Coalition for Good Governance, during a press conference in Osogbo, on Sunday, the group stated that it would mobilise the electorate against the party if it field Adeleke as its candidate.
Mr Akin Akinsode, the Director of Media and Publicity of the group, who led other members to address journalists, said they would not fold their hands and watch the destiny of the people of the state fall into the hands of a man they described as “Incompetent and unqualified”.
The leadership of the party was blamed for allegedly overlooking the issue of the certificate of the candidate, stating that the people will not suppport such person.
Adeleke was challenged by the group to produce his secondary school certificate if he had any, stating that he was the least qualified among all the 48 contestants for the governorship race.
He said, “Osun wants the PDP but that is provided the party fields a credible and acceptable candidate. But in what looks like an insult on people’s sensibility and flagrant abuse of the privilege in the face of several alternatives, the PDP goofed and, therefore, dashed people’s hope.
“Without prejudice, we appeal to the leadership of the PDP to exercise caution and not bring Osun and the nation to ridicule. We will not hesitate to mobilise massively against the party to save Osun from imminent predicament and danger in entrusting complicated responsibilities of our state to an unprepared individual. We warn the party to look inward before it is too late particularly in the interest of the people who believe the party but will never settle for anything below Aregbesola’s stuff, even though he is abysmally below the people’s expectation.
“Already, the news of the certificate scandal involving the candidate of the PDP is everywhere and one wonders what is difficult in presenting his certificate as challenged if he has any. Moreso, the Jacksonville University certificate’s claim has been confirmed to be a hoax which only exists in the imagination of the candidate. The PDP should prepare for a terrible defeat if it fails to let reason prevail and desist from taking the Osun electorate for granted by fielding an uncompetitive candidate.”
The Youth Renewal Movement has also called on Adeleke to withdraw from the race based on the alleged forged certificate.
The YRM, in a statement issued by Muftau Adegoke and Rasheed Adegbenro, on Sunday, said, “If PDP leaders are sincere; if they are not corrupt and if they want the good of all, Senator Adeleke ought not to have sailed through the party’s screening process in the first instance. Those who conducted the screening should also be investigated. They cannot be naïve not to know genuine documents from fake. We don’t want to believe that their palms have been greased.”
Meanwhile, in connection to the certificate issue, Adeleke has urged the Nigeria Police Force to release the Principal of the Ede Muslim High School, Mr Abass Adejare, who was arrested in connection with the issuance of an alleged fake testimonial.
Mr Olawale Rasheed, the Director of Media and Publicity of the Adeleke Campaign Organisation, said this in a statement, in Osogbo on Sunday.
The campaign organisation’s spokesperson said, “It is insane to continue to peddle falsehood questioning Senator Adeleke’s attendance of the Ede Muslim Grammar School (Now Ede Muslim High School), where he was very popular and well known for his amiable and friendly character. He was, in fact, the president of the old students association until recently.
“We note with great concern the ridiculous criminalisation of a simple issuance of a School Testimonial to a former student. The politicisation of a routine school administrative process is hereby condemned in its strictest terms and we call the police authorities to please caution their men and redirect their attention and efforts to investigating and solving real crimes and not trumped-up accusations.
“We, therefore, call on the police authorities to unconditionally release Mr Abbass Khalib Adejare, the principal of Ede Muslim High School, who is currently held in Lagos.”
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