Isiaka Wins PDP Governorship Ticket Amidst Controversy

The Ogun State chapter of the party allegedly ignored a directive from the National Working Committee, not to hold the exercise.

The National Publicity Secretary of the party, Mr. Olisa Metuh,   had in a statement on Monday,   indicated that the NWC had cancelled the primary.

The statement read in part, “For the avoidance of doubt, the NWC hereby states that it did not authorise any governorship primary in Ogun State. Consequently, any such exercise held in the state is hereby declared null and void and of no effect.”

The statement added that a new date would be communicated for the primary.

However, at the end of the primary held at the party’s secretariat in Abeokuta, Gboyega Isiaka   clinched the   ticket. He polled 705 votes while Kayode Amusan and   Segun Adewale polled 151 and 0 votes respectively.

Isiaka was the governorship candidate of the Peoples Party of Nigeria in the 2011 election.

The nine others who boycotted the exercise are Tony Ojesina     Yanju Lipede,   Remilekun Bakare, Sarafa Ishola, Yomi Majekodunmi   and the former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Dimeji Bankole.

Others are David Bamgbose,   Isiaq Akinlade and   Rafiu Ogunleye.

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo and former governor of the state,   Gbenga Daniel, whose names were on the delegates list were absent.

The state chairman of PDP, Mr. Adebayo Dayo, told journalists that he had yet to receive any contrary instruction or directive from the NWC that the primary should not hold.

He said, “I am not in a position to confirm or deny what the national secretariat in Abuja has said. At the National Executive Council meeting we held last month or thereabout, we were given the guidelines and the timetable for the primaries.

“And today(Monday) happens to be the governorship primary, in all the PDP-controlled states, and Ogun State cannot be different. Moreover, the court’s judgment we got last week was clear on this.”

Isiaka, however, said his victory was for all, and “ a challenge that he is well prepared for.”

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