By: Ademola Adeyemo
One of the leading governorship aspirants on the platform of PDP in Oyo State, Mr. Oluseyi Makinde, has petitioned the national leadership of the party not to recognise Senator Teslim Folarin as the governorship candidate of the party in Oyo State, based on the primary election held in Ibadan last Monday.
But Makinde stated that the primary election which produced the former Senate leader as the party’s flag-bearer was done in an attempt to circumvent a court order.
It would be recalled that Justice E.S. Chukwu of Federal High Court last Friday, directed that only the list of the PDP delegates validated by three of the five members of the Aliyu Idi-Hong Adhoc Ward Congress Panel should be used by the party for its primary elections in Oyo State.
In the ruling delivered by Chukwu, he declared that the only valid list of the PDP primary election in Oyo State for the selection of any candidate for the 2015 election into offices of state House of Assembly, National Assembly and Governor of “is the list of candidates who emerged from the ward congresses held on the 24th day of November, 2014 in the 351 wards in Oyo State as contained in Exhibit ‘G’ of the originating summoms.
This followed the suit instituted by an aspirant for the House of Assembly in Ibadan North-East, Ademola Adelowo Aremu, which prayed the court to declare the delegates’ list presented by the three members, Tony Macfoy, Aminu Muhamed and Tayo Omojowogbe of the five-man electoral committee as contained in Exhibit ‘G’ of the affidavit in support of the originating summons the valid and authentic one, following the controversy that characterized the delegate congress.
Makinde maintained that the primary election was a breach of the Electoral Act 2010 as amended as well as the party’s electoral guideline, stressing that his non-participation in the exercise which he described as a theatre was because he could not be part of lawlessness.
He maintained that the PDP must uphold the rule of law, adding, “there is no room for it to manouvre, 1,053 names emerged as delegates from the ward congresses held on the 24th of November and anything done outside of the delegates was a way to circumvent the court judgement.
“When you add the ad-hoc delegates to the statutory delegates, it would be about 1,300 and at the end of the day, only about 10 percent of the expected delegates participated in the said primary election, that cannot stand, not only in law, but even in logic and morality”, Makinde said.
The governorship hopeful, who expressed optimism that President Goodluck Jonathan would not lend himself to what he described as a charade with a threat that he would be forced to go back to court if Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) recognizes the candidate that emerged from the Monday primary election.
Meanwhile, the Chairman House of Representative Committee on Loans and Debt Management , Hon, Yinka Ajayi, was yesterday unanimously adopted for second term for the House of Representative to represent his Boripe,Ifelodun ,Odo–Otin Federal Constituency by All Progressive Congress APC Delegates yesterday in Ikirun,Ifelodun Local Government area of the state.
All the delegates which includes Local Government Official,Wards Executives and party leaders gave the adoption simply because it was gathered that the position has been zoned to Boripe Local Government area of the state.
Hon Ajayi who represent Ifelodun, Boripe and Odo-otin federal constituency at the upper house also opined that INEC should put effective measure in place and strengthen its structures for a free, fair and credible conduct of the election.
He also cautioned that engagement of military could jeopardise the election by creating tension and fear in the minds of the people.
Hon Ajayi who urged All progressive Congress APC in the state to provide enabling environment for full participation in the exercise also called for full internal democracy within the party.
The house of Representative member who was led the venue by the party chairmen and leaders in the three local government alongside all the executive and members from the constituency said he was as asked to return to the upper house for his contribution in the past years.
He said the people of his constituency saw that he had offered quality representation and with his cognate experience he can still attract federal government presence to the area in his second term in office.
When asked on why he yielded to their call for second term in office, Ajayi stated that with his power of persuasion, experience and negotiation he would bring changes to the constituency if elected.