Speaking the Nations Mind

Osun PDP Crisis Persists As Ogunbiyi Deny Adeleke

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Full statement:

The attention of Dr Akin Ogunbiyi has been drawn to a misinformation going round that Dr Akin Ogunbiyi has signed an agreement and withdrawn for Senator Ademola Adeleke.

We wish to put the records straight. Shortly after the gubernatorial primary election, the National Working Committee of our great Party met and decided on appropriate compensation to assuage Dr Ogunbiyi and his teeming supporters for the general elections. At another NWC meeting of 29th July, 2018 led by the Party National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus with the following in attendance: Dr Ogunbiyi, Senator Adeleke, Osun BOT members led by Alhaji Shuaib Oyedokun, Dr Olu Alabi and HE Erelu- Obada, all the Co-Aspirants that stepped down for him; the National Chairman presented the Terms of Settlement to Senator Adeleke. He remarked that given the circumstances of the primary election, the offer in the wisdom of the leadership was “fair and equitable” in resolving the on going crisis.

The key decision points were that the Deputy Governor slot will be ceded to Dr Akin Ogunbiyi group and West Senatorial ticket be automatically conceded to Dr Akin Ogunbiyi himself. Our Distinguished Senator concurred to the agreement with a promise to get Hon. Adeogun to resign and requested for 3 possible names out of which his group will make a choice in replacement. A list of 3 possible candidates was submitted. 48 hours after in spite of his commitment, Hon Adeogun didn’t relinquish the position indicating that Senator Ademola Adeleke group have not yielded to the terms of the reconciliation as put forward by the National leadership of the Party. At the instance of the National Chairman Prince Uche Secondus, Dr Ogunbiyi and Senator Adeleke had another meeting on the night of 2nd August, 2018 with a BOT member to conclude on the issue. The Senator gave a firm promise to be honorable and get Hon Adeogun’s resignation. The Senator in fact requested the intervention of the Party leadership to prevail on Hon Adeogun on this issue. A joint press conference was agreed to be addressed by Dr Ogunbiyi and Senator Adeleke at the meeting for the following day. Only for the Hon Adeogun to go underground and become incommunicado!

As at the time of this release, Hon Adeogun has neither resigned nor sighted any where. No agreement has been signed by Dr Akin Ogunbiyi with anyone. Dr Ogunbiyi has stated in CLEAR TERMS that he is not leaving the Party under any circumstances.

We are still optimistic that reasons will prevail and the crisis will be amicably resolved in the best interest of our great Party and the good people of Osun State.

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