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The Governorship candidate of the People’s Democratic Party in Ogun State, Ladi Adebutu has called on his supporters to maintain peace in the state.
A Federal High Court sitting in Abeokuta on Tuesday nullified the governorship primary election of the party.
A former governirship aspirant,Jimi Lawal had approached the court to challenge the delegate list used during the primary by the Sikirulahi Ogundele-led exco of the party, held at the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library in the state capital.
It was gathered that three members of the party, Taiwo Olabode Idris, Kehinde Akala and Alhaji Ayinde Monsuri had dragged the party, Adebutu and the INEC to court challenging the authenticity of the delegates’ lists used for the conduct of the primaries
Adebutu emerged winner from the primary held at the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library (OOPL).
The National Working Committee of the party identified the faction that produced Adebutu.
Fear has however gripped faction of the PDP loyal to Adebutu and state executive members of the PDP since the court ruled that the primary election should be re-organized.
Adebutu in a statement by his media director, Afolabi Orekoya, after the court judgement said his legal team will take necessary actions on the judgement.
He expressed confidence of winning the primary election again.
“The pronouncements did not vitiate nor disregard the PDP State Executive led by Hon. Sikirulai Ogundele which conducted the primaries that led to the emergence of Hon. Adebutu and other candidates that were confirmed authentic and recognised by the Court as well as the national leadership of the Party. Therefore, our teeming supporters, Party faithful and the good people of Ogun State need not to entertain any fear.”
The PDP Guber candidate noted that the campaign activities will still go as scheduled.
“We wish to notify our members that the scheduled campaign activities for the 2023 National Assembly elections shall commence as scheduled with a rally at the Ogun PDP State Secretariat in Abeokuta in accordance with the INEC timetable.
“We want to state clearly that Ogun PDP is one indivisible family which is only experiencing normal issues in formidable political parties. Although the latest court judgements are temporal, the PDP in Ogun State shall come out stronger, better and brighter.
“Our resolve to rescue Ogun State from the shackles of maladministration and poverty brought about by the ruling APC is unshakable and we are certain of victory in the 2023 elections.
“For the avoidance of doubt, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) remains the party to beat and it is determined to chase the inept and wicked APC out of government in the forthcoming polls.”
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