Ogun PDP governorship race not concluded yet: Dimeji Bankole

Ogun PDP governorship race not concluded yet: Dimeji Bankole

Wednesday, December 10, 2014 3:12 pm

Biodun Onafuye

Dimeji Bankole: says he is still in therace

Dimeji Bankole: says he is still in therace

Former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Dimeji Bankole today declared that governorship primary to elect the Peoples Democratic Party,PDP torch bearer in Ogun State, has not been concluded.

And he added that he is still in the race to clinch the ticket.

Bankole stated this just as the former chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Communication, Hon Dave Salako flayed the conduct of the PDP primary in the state on Monday.

The Ogun state chapter of the party had on Sunday gone ahead with the governorship primaries,despite the order from the National Working Committee that the election should not hold.

On Tuesday, the state chapter of the PDP disagreed with the party’s National Working Committee that all the primary elections conducted in the state so far have been nullified.

The Ogun PDP had contended that its primaries and congresses which culminated in the election of the former governorship candidate of the Peoples Party of Nigeria, PPN, in the 2011 election in the State, Prince Gboyega Nasir Isiaka as its torch bearer, remained valid and authentic.

The former speaker spoke through a group, Dimeji Bankole Movement (DBM) in a statement signed by its Public Relations Officer, Hon. Kayode Akintunde,copy which was made available to our correspondent in Abeokuta,the State capital.

The statement claimed that a decision was last Sunday reached in Abuja at a meeting between the PDP National Working Committee led by its National Chairman, Alhaji Adamu Muazu and Bankole, ex-governor Gbenga Daniel and Prince Buruji Kashamu where it was resolved that last Monday’s primary be suspended until certain issues had been ironed out.

Expressing shock at last Monday’s conduct of the primary election which produced Isiaka as the PDP governorship standard bearer, the group accused the organizers of the event of working against the interest of the party in the 2015 elections as well as planning to cause confusion and disaffection between the people of Ogun West and central senatorial districts.

“The Dimeji Bankole Movement has expressed shock over the purported primary elections conducted by some leaders in the Peoples’ Democratic Party, PDP, Ogun State despite the decisions reached on Sunday with the leadership of the party in Abuja.

“The meeting had the National Working Committee, led by Alhaji Adamu Mua’zu and Rt. Hon Dimeji Bankole, Otunba Gbenga Daniel and Prince Buruji Kashamu in attendance certain certain decisions were taken.

“It was resolved at the meeting that Monday’s gubernatorial primary should be put on hold pending the time all issues are resolved. All the purported primaries earlier conducted declared null and void. That no member should query or challenge the decision of the NWC in the court and finally that the party will make a decision that will be fair and acceptable to the three leaders by Monday.

“It is however unfortunate that despite the agreement reached on the said date, some people still went ahead to conduct the primaries. Their decisions have clearly showed that they are invariably working for the downfall of the party in the forthcoming polls as well as cause confusion within members of the party and disaffection between two political districts in Ogun State.

“We use this medium to call the attention of the party members that Senator Isa Mohammed led Electoral Panel for Ogun State (Returning Officer for Ogun State governorship Elections) has not been mobilized by the Party’s headquarters.

“The Dimeji Bankole Movement wish to commend the National Working Committee of our great Party for standing by the truth and promoting rule of law in the administration of the Party. We wish to state that DIMEJI BANKOLE GOVERNORSHIP PROJECT is still very much on course. However, we appeal to our teeming supporters and Party followers to remain calm,”the statement reads in part.

The State Chairman of the party could not be reached as our correspondent that he is currently out of the State for meeting.

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  • dee says:

    this guy no dey rest

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