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Oyo PDP chieftain faults proposed consensus presidential candidate

By Seye Olumide (South-West Bureau Chief and Gbenga Akinfenwa (Lagos)
13 December 2021   |   3:55 am
A chieftain of Oyo State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Bisi Olopoeniyan, has said governors on the platform of the party cannot, on their own, adopt consensus arrangement to pick the next presidential candidate for the 2023 election.

APC debunks rumour of Adebiyi’s emergence as new Ogun chairman
A chieftain of Oyo State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Bisi Olopoeniyan, has said governors on the platform of the party cannot, on their own, adopt consensus arrangement to pick the next presidential candidate for the 2023 election.

Olopoeniyan, who was reacting to a newspaper publication that some PDP governors recently travelled outside the country with the aim of deliberating on a consensus arrangement to pick the next presidential flagbearer, said such move was anti-democratic and an insult

The PDP chieftain also condemned in strong terms a situation where the governors issued certificate of returns to the newly-elected national executive members, saying: “Such development is strange to the party. “It has never has happened in the history of PDP.”

In a telephone chat with The Guardian, Olopoeniyan said if it was true that some PDP governors actually went abroad to hold a retreat on how to adopt a consensus presidential candidate for the 2023 election, “I make bold to say that the action of the governors is not only wrong but very undemocratic.”

MEANWHILE, the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ogun State has debunked the rumour that one Chief Derin Adebiyi has been purportedly recognised as chairman of APC in the state.

In a statement, yesterday, signed by its Publicity Secretary, Tunde Oladunjoye, the party said the bonafide chairman of APC in Ogun State remains Chief Yemi Sanusi.

“It is very unimaginable that this set of disloyal people could be day-dreaming that someone who never participated in the state congress of the party would now be pronounced as the “Chairman” of the party.

“These elements have openly pronounced their mushroom party, the APM, dead as far back as March 2020 during a press conference in Abeokuta, but events have clearly shown that they continue to display anti-party and disloyal tendencies; the same reasons for which the former state party executive committee led by the said Adebiyi was dissolved by the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party and their main sponsor, the immediate past governor of the state, ignominiously suspended from the party,” the statement stated.