Runner-up in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship primary election in Osun state, Dr. Akin Ogunbiyi, has faulted the outcome of last Saturday’s primaries and called on the party’s leadership to declare him flag bearer of the September 22, 2018 guber polls.
Ogunbiyi who led the protest to the party’s national secretariat yesterday faulted the process that produced the winner of the primary election, Senator Nurudeen Ademola Adeleke, who polled a total of 1,569 votes, seven more than Ogunbiyi’s 1,562.
The aggrieved aspirant, in a petition to the chairman, gubernatorial Electoral Appeal Panel of the PDP, said there were 42 voided votes and that 128 unaccounted votes were his. He added that the total votes he garnered amounted to 1,732.
He said “I, Dr. Akin Ogunbiyi having polled the highest number of votes in the primary election of 21st July, 2018, be declared the validly nominated/ elected PDP governorship candidate for the forthcoming September 22, 2018 gubernatorial election for Osun state,” he stated.
The aspirant who disputed Adeleke’s eligibility for the poll, faulting a document which he alleged was submitted by the lawmaker as evidence of his educational qualification up to school certificate level. Ogunbiyi added that the certificate does not meet the basic qualification stipulated by the 1999 Constitution (as amended) and the Electoral Act.
“The Principal of Muslim Grammar School, Ede, Mr. Khalid Abbas who purportedly signed the testimonial had not been posted to the school in question as at the date indicated on the document,” he noted, adding that “The Principal has denied ever issuing or signing it and the denial is very well on record.”
He also called for the disqualification of Adeleke on the ground that “Contrary to Section 30, Sub Section E of the Electoral Guidelines for primary election 2018, the total number of delegates accredited was not announced before the commencement of voting.”
When contacted, Senator Adeleke, pleaded with aggrieved aspirants to join hands with him to defeat the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state.
He particularly urged Dr. Ogunbiyi to “come on board,” describing last Saturday primary election as a brotherly contest.
“I congratulate Dr. Akin Ogunbiyi and his hard fighting team for running a good and impressive campaign. It was a brotherly contest in our collective strive to redeem our state. It is therefore no gainsaying that we are all winners.
“My emergence as the governorship candidate of our great party marks the beginning of divine liberation of our dear people from repression and oppression,” he stated.
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