THE National Vice Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) South West zone, Dr Eddy Olafeso, on Monday, advised the runner-up in the last Saturday governorship primary election in Osun state, Dr Akin Ogunbiyi, to table his grievances before the party’s Appeal Committee set up by the National Secretariat.
Olafeso who stated this in Akure, Ondo State capital, warned members of the party against dividing the House against itself and appealed to the party members in Osun state to stand as one and be united in order to achieve electoral victory at the end of the day.
He assured that the Appeal Committee headed by the National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus would look into all the grievances of Ogunbiyi and address them objectively.
Olafeso however, congratulated the winner of the governorship primary, Senator Ademola Adeleke, calling on him to extend hands of fellowship to his co-contestants and work with them towards ensuring victory for the party in the governorship election slated for September.
He specifically pleaded with the National leadership of the party to assuage the grievances of Ogunbiyi so as not to create enmity among party members in the state.
He said “the winner has a lot to bring people together. We will not like winner takes all mentality. Winning governorship primary is a different game from winning the actual election. Everybody must be brought on board before the campaigns start”.
Olafeso who advised Ogunbiyi to pursue his grievances at the Appeal Panel also warned him against destructive tendencies that may cause division within the party and deprive the party of the governorship seat.
“Dr Ogunbiyi has proved that he is a force to be reckoned with in PDP and Osun State’s politics. He is not the type of person that can be overlooked in the scheme of things in the state politics
“Ogunbiyi has shown exemplary qualities in the party and contributed immensely to the development of PDP in the state.
“Akin Ogunbiyi is not a loser, the election was 50-50; he has been active in the party and his influence is enormous. Nothing can be done in Osun without taking Akin into consideration,”
“But he should remember that the party’s interest should be protected in the pursuit of grievances at the Appeal Panel.
“With the result of the party’s primary, Ogunbiyi has proven he is a critical stakeholder in the politics of the PDP.,” he said.
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