Obasanjo shuns Ogun PDP primaries

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo

A former President Olusegun Obasanjo on Saturday shunned the controversial primaries of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) scheduled to elect a candidate from Abeokuta North Local Government to contest the Ogun State House of Assembly seat in 2015.

Mr. Obasanjo, a delegate of the party from the local government, was nowhere to be found when it was time to vote at the venue located at Royalty Event Palace, Ayetoro Road, Abeokuta.

PREMIUM TIMES reports that when Mr. Obasanjo was called up, there was outburst of laughter from the delegates, with many of them jokingly saying the former president was still on his way.

The controversial primaries were said to be attended only by the Buruji Kashamu faction of the party as the other factions led by Gbenga Daniel and Dimeji Bankole boycotted the exercise.

One of the aspirants, Eyitayo Soleye, left the venue shortly after his accreditation, and did not participate, while two others, Ahmodu Taofeek and Salau Modupeola, failed to show up.

Those who contested were Gbenga Adebayo, who scored eight votes, while his counterpart, Semiu Oganla, recorded 70 votes out of the 80 cast at the election. Two votes were voided.

A mild drama was also recorded in the course of the election. Mr. Oganla, could not find his name on the delegates’ list.

The development resulted in a verbal argument, which ensued from various camps within the hall. Some argued that Mr. Oganla’s name should be inserted in place of that of an absent delegate, but that was deemed unconstitutional by another camp.

At that stage, Mr. Oganla decided not to vote, and the election continued and ended peacefully.

The electoral officer at the primaries, Ezekiel Soleye, declared Mr. Oganla the winner and therefore the party’s candidate for the House of Assembly race.

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