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Oyo: PDP Aspirants Warn Governor Makinde Against Imposition of Candidates



Aspirants for seats in the Oyo State House of Assembly, (OYHA) and other positions in Ibadan South West Constituencies 1and 2 under the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have called on Governor Seyi Makinde of the state not to allow the wish of some political leaders to impose candidates on the people come to pass.

The aspirants agreed after a meeting that the leaders of the PDP should allow candidates test their popularity based on their political antecedents.

Aspirants, who jointly signed a press release after the meeting were Ishola Abiodun Baruwa, Oladoyinbo Akinloye Yinka, Alimi Kabiru, Alimi Rahmon Abina, Lawal Morufu Olawale and Adewale Idris Adebiyi all from Ibadan South West Constituency 1.

Other aspirants, who also singed the document which was made available to journalists included Alarape Kaleem Abidemi, Samson Opeyemi Fatola and Muyideen Adeniyi Adedibu.

Others included Adebayo Oladipupo, Babatunde George Ige, Gbenga Folorunsho Elebolo and Oluwafemi Gbenga from Ibadan South West Constituency 2.

The letter, which was addressed to the state chairman of the party reads; “We write to inform you that after a series of meetings with all our leaders, we the aspirants in Ibadan South West Local Government; both Constituencies 1and 2 have agreed to settle for direct primary elections to choose candidates for the various positions in the next general elections.”

The letter added that all the aspirants pledged their support for whoever emerges as the party’s candidate provided such is a product of primary election, which is the wishes of all members of the party.

While pledging their support for Governor Seyi Makinde, they urged the governor to invite all the aspirants for an urgent meeting to resolve the issue.

“In as much as we are against the consensus arrangement, we want to state that the Governor should allow the wishes of the people to prevail because he is also a product of democracy.

“The Governor should however, call a meeting of all the aspirants, party leaders and stakeholders of the party to resolve the issue,” they said.

-Kunle Bakare.

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