Ahead of the governorship primary election of the Peoples Democratic Party in August, party chieftains in the northern senatorial zone have urged five of the aspirants from the zone to step down for Eyitayo Jegede, who was until Friday the Commissioner for Justice in the state.
The development seems to confer credibility on earlier speculations that Mr. Jegede is the “anointed” candidate of Governor Olusegun Mimiko, and would be imposed on the party as the preferred candidate.
The aspirants from the zone namely, Bamiduro Dada, Yekini Olanipekun, Dayo Fadahunsi, Nekan Olateru-Olagbegi, Bakitta Bello, Remi Okunrinboye and Gbenga Elegbeleye, had earlier vowed to bring the party down should Mr. Jegede be imposed on members.
The leaders from the zone have however taken a different position.
In a communique issued after a meeting on Monday they asked the aggrieved aspirants to align with their decision in order to ensure that the primary election was rancour free.
One of the leaders, a former Minister of Education, Ade Abitoye, is heading a five-man committee to pursue the task of interfacing with the other aspirants with a view to getting them to submit to their position.
Other members of the committee include Bbatunde Awodeyi, Eniolorunda, Mobolaji Suuara and Ojo Adewale.
Mr. Abitoye assured that all the aspirants would be summoned to a meeting so as to address all the grievances expressed.
He said the party could not toy with the forthcoming election as it needed to put its house in order so as to go to the election as one indivisible entity.
“The entire leadership of Owo/Ose Federal Constituency resolved to support the candidate of Eyitayo Jegede based on his capacity and capability to win the governorship election for our party PDP, ” the communique said.
“The meeting also set up a Committee comprising of five members namely: Abitoye as the Chairman, Rtd Col Awodeyi, Chief Mrs Eniolorunda, Mrs Suara and Mr Ojo Akinwale the Secretary of the Committee.
“The committee responsibility is to appeal to other aspirants from the Constituency and indeed other aggrieved members of the party and reconciled all so as to remain one indivisible family of PDP.”
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