The rivalry between the Osun People’s Democratic Party (PDP) gubernatorial candidate, Ademola Adeleke, and his rival, Akin Ogunbiyi, has been ‘settled’ with the signing of a peace pact as the state governorship election slated for September 22 approaches.
The process which led to the emergence of Mr Adeleke on July 21 generated a lot of controversies within the party and resulted in pro-Akinbiyi faction and pro-Adeleke faction of the opposition party.
The signing of the agreement between the duo was announced on Wednesday by the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, who heads the party’s campaign team for the gubernatorial election.
“Following marathon meetings today in Abuja, I am pleased to announce that we have a signed agreement between PDP gubernatorial candidate, Senator Adeleke and his rival, Dr. Ogunbiyi.
“As we approach the September 22, 2018 governorship election, our party moves forward” as one,” Mr Saraki posted on his social media pages.
Mr Saraki also posted pictures of Messrs Adeleke and Ogunbiyi, while signing the agreement.
In recent days, the two factions have engaged in verbal clashes after several futile attempts to reconcile their principals.
Mr Ogunbiyi narrowly lost the PDP ticket to Mr Adeleke, a serving senator, who is expected to be the main challenger to the candidate of the governing APC in the election.