Ogun PDP suspends senatorial primaries

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Ogun State chapter has postponed its senatorial primaries scheduled for Sunday to prevent outbreak of violence.

The state chairman of the party, PDP, Dayo Bayo, while addressing journalists at the party secretariat in Abeokuta, said the shift in date became necessary in view of the tension ahead of the exercise.

He asked the national leadership of the party to reschedule the senatorial primaries for Tuesday.

Mr. Dayo addressed hundreds of party members outside the gate of the secretariat, who were already agitating over allegations that party leaders were plotting to impose candidates and rig election in favour of their favourite aspirants.

The party chairman, accompanied by armed policemen, told the gathering of the need to suspend the primaries temporarily after which people returned to their homes.

Mr. Dayo said the postponment of the senatorial primaries would not affect the governorship primaries scheduled for Monday.

The suspension of the primaries came just as a group of student leaders from Yewa North/Imeko Afon Federal Constituency of the state called on the party leadership to offer the 2015 ticket for a fourth term to an incumbent member of the House of Representatives from the zone, Razak Adewusi.

The group, in a statement jointly signed by its president, Falola Ahmed and secretary, Ogunyelere John, said Mr. Adewusi’s experience and political clout, which they said was enough to beat the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, candidate in the state, formed part of their reasons.

“We have decided to plead with the PDP leadership at the state and national levels to consider the incumbent, Razaq Adewusi, as the party’s flagbearer for the 2015 elections,” the youth group said. “He remains a better option, if the antecedents of other aspirants within the party is anything to go by. He has a record of being pro-youth/student, like no other political office holder from the region. He is accessible and accomodating to the students and youths.”

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