PDP factions produce different governorship candidates in Osun

Two governorship candidates emerged from parallel primaries the Peoples Democratic Party held in Osun State on Tuesday.

They are Ademola Adeleke, a former senator who also was the party’s flagbearer in 2018; the other is

Dotun Babayemi, a former secretary to the state government in Osun.

Adeleke emerged winner at the primaries the PDP’s national secretariat held at the Osun Township Stadium, and which the Independent National Electoral Commission supervised.

Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo, the returning officer and deputy governor of Bayelsa state, said 1916 delegates took part in the exercise; he said Adeleke polled 1887 votes to defeat the other contenders in the race including Babayemi.

The other contestants, majority of who withdrew from the race before the PDP-backed primaries, did not record any vote. They are Akinbade Fatai and Akin Ogunbiyi, while two other aspirants Bamidele Adeleke and Sanya Omirin reportedly polled one and four votes respectively.

At the parallel congress, held at WOCDIF event centre, Babayemi became winner by scoring 1,781 votes, thereby defeating Adeleke, who had 32 votes.

Ewhrudjakpo, the Bayelsa state deputy governor, who supervised the primaries that produced Adeleke said the PDP would not recognise any other person.

“Any other congress, apart from the one I supervised will not be recognised by the national Headquarters of the party.

“The king is here and the crown is here. This is the authentic congress and any other one conducted in any other place will not be recognised,” he said.

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