Friday, September 19, 2014 4:02 pm
Former Governor of the western Nigerian state of Oyo,Adebayo Alao-Akala of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Friday collected the nomination form for the 2015 governorship election.
The aspirant, who paid the mandatory N3 million fees, collected the form at the party secretariat in Ibadan through his Committee of Friends.
Razak Gbadegesin, the aspirant’s former Chief of Staff, who collected the form on his behalf, said the committee picked the form because the aspirant went to Abuja for an assignment.
“We are here to collect the form on his behalf and it is due to the fact that we believe in his ability to deliver when he becomes governor Oyo State,” he said.
Gbadegesin said other than Alao-Akala, there was no other person that could wrest the position from the incumbent, Gov. Abiola Ajimobi.
Dr Kola Balogun, another member of the committee, said that the group believed the aspirant could represent the yearnings of the people of the state.
“I want to urge PDP members in Oyo State to work hard to see Alao-Akala elected as governor of the state,” he said.
Responding, on behalf of the party, Mrs Kehinde Eboda, an official of the PDP, confirmed that the aspirant had fulfilled the necessary condition for the collection of form.
Earlier, Kehinde Salawu, state Public Relations Officer of the party, who represented the Chairman, Olayinka Taiwo, said it had no anointed candidate.
“We are going to allow a level playing ground.”
Five aspirants have now picked the form to contest the governorship position on the PDP platform.
Others are Femi Babalola, Kehinde Olaosebikan, Prof. Olusoji Adejumo and Dr Gbola Adetunji.
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