Osun Election: PDM insists on withdrawing candidate

The PDM withdrew Mr. Akinola from the governorship race last June.

The Peoples’ Democratic Movement, PDM, has reiterated its decision to withdraw its candidate from the August 9 gubernatorial election in Osun State.

In a statement, Friday, the party said that it had not reversed its decision to withdraw Timothy Akinola, its governorship candidate, from the election.

“The decision of the party and its reasons for withdrawing Mr. Akinola as its flag bearer was communicated to the Chairman INEC, the Chairman of PDM in Osun State and Mr. Akinola himself,” the party said in a statement signed by Oluwole Akinwumi, its National Secretary.

The PDM withdrew Mr. Akinola from the governorship race in June after accusing him of anti-party activities.

The party accused Mr. Akinola of “holding meetings with candidates of the opposition political parties without its consent, insisting that it amounts to anti-party activities.

“Other reasons for his withdrawal had to do with his continuous failure to honour invitation to meetings by the National Secretariat and his lack of preparedness and inability to present a concrete plan for campaign few weeks before the election,” the PDM stated in a letter dated June 23, 2014, addressed to Attahiru Jega, the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.

The party also notified INEC that it would not be fielding any candidate in the election.

In the statement issued on Friday, the PDM said that it was surprised to find Mr. Akinola listed in a recent newspaper publication as one of the 20 gubernatorial candidates participating in the August 9 governorship election in Osun State on its platform.

“This press statement is issued to draw attention to the earlier decision of the party to withdraw Mr. Akinola from contesting the election on its platform and to dissociate the Party and its members in Osun State from the newspaper report. Our Party members in Osun State and the General Public are please to take note,” Mr. Akinwumi said.

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Ben Ezeamalu is an Assistant Managing Editor and the Head of Lagos Operations/Metro Editor at PREMIUM TIMES. A graduate of Microbiology from the University of Jos, Ben won the 2015 Africa Fact-Check Awards and was a runner-up in the 2014 CNN/Multichoice African Journalists of the Year.

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