Osun2018: Adeleke eminently qualified, PDP insists

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The National Vice Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) South-West, Dr. Eddy Olafeso, has insisted that last Saturday’s Osun State governorship primaries election of the party passed the litmus test of credibility and equity.

The primary had produced Senator Ademola Adeleke whose candidature is being challenged his arch-rival.

However , Olafeso who spoke with newsmen in Lagos yesterday said the PDP’s candidate for the election is eminently qualified to run for the September 22, 2018, governorship poll.

Olafeso said the opposition is responsible for the rumours of irregularities of the primary election and the certificate qualification outrage on the elected candidate.

He added that the Senator possesses the minimum requirement to run for the office of the governor.

According to him, the peaceful conduct of two governorship primaries by the PDP in Ekiti and Osun states within few months has boosted people’s confidence on the party.

He said, “It is open to the public that the Osun PDP primaries election was one of the most transparent in recent political history. The process is something we keenly showed interest and we gave everybody that contested a level playing ground.

“The entire electoral activity was televised live and the counting was done in the open. The challenger requested for a recount and this was done twice. No process can be more open than what the Governor Seriake Dickson election committee did in Osun last Saturday.”

“I am happy to let you know that alongside other members and organs of the party, we are working to ensure unity among members. I spoke with Dr. Akin Ogunbiyi and he assured me that his commitment and loyalty is to the party. He said he is waiting for the Monday meeting in Abuja because they were petitions written as to the conduct of the primary election.

On Adeleke’s certificate issue, Olafeso, who was a member of the screening committee of the party, said, “We have in the line with the constitution screened the candidate and we are very sure of his qualification as to contest for the election. Besides paper qualification, what is also important is your pedigree; where you are born, your background and commitment to serve your community.

“He presented his certificate when he was running for the Senate and it was adequate. He has also presented the certificate to INEC as we speak, all those distractions are what we are trying to fight against, it’s just the usual distractions in our political process.”