All may not be well with the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Oyo State, following the controversy that trailed the party’s primary elections. Already, the aggrieved governorship aspirants have raised alarm that the party would likely lose the state in next month’s elections following internal wrangling.
Under the aegis of Forum of Oyo State Governorship Aspirants, the group (aspirants), made up of Taoheed Adedoja, Hazeem Gbolarumi, Babalola Owolabi, Femi Babalola,
Azeez Adeduntan and Soji Adejumo, at its meeting yesterday came out forcefully against the choice of Teslim Kolawole Folarin as the party’s governorship candidate.
The forum, which described the primary elections in the state as unacceptable, said, “the kangaroo primaries conducted without stipulated delegates came up with an aspirant with very limited mass appeal in the person of Senator Teslim Folarin.
“The purported Oyo Primaries of December 8, 2014 was therefore not only procedurally wrong but illegal and the consequence of the said primaries has been the mass defection of several aspirants and followers at all levels into opposing parties.
“It also culminated in disenfranchised party delegate challenging the process and outcome of the purported primaries in court and as aspirants, we are confronting a followership with dwindling trust and confidence in the future and fortunes of the party.
“We are therefore calling the attention of the party leadership to this looming defeat of the PDP in Oyo State if urgent corrective action is not taken to restore confidence and trust in the party by immediately reverting the illegalities of the discredited primaries and ensure an acceptable solution to this mockery of democratic process and party discipline.
“We recall that the national leadership of the party at a stakeholders meeting in Wadata plaza directed that Senator David Mark convene further meetings to resolve all pending issues within the party in Oyo State.
“To our utmost surprise, and despite the several meetings at the instance of Senator David Mark, a deliberate kangaroo primary was conducted, subverting all laid down procedures of the PDP as contained in the party electoral guidelines.
“It is instructive to note that this concocted primary took place barely 48 hours after the meetings with Senator David Mark was put in abeyance and as at today, majority of PDP members in Oyo State believe that Senator David Mark is the grand architect of the emergence of an unpopular aspirant as the PDP flag bearer in Oyo State”, the aspirants said.