A former Osun governorship aspirant of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Akin Ogunbiyi has accused Senator Ademola Adeleke of backing the Director General of the Adeleke Campaign Organisation, Lere Oyewumi, to violate the peace deal brokered to resolve the crisis between the duo after the party’s primary.
Adeleke was the candidate of the PDP in the recently held Osun governorship election.
Speaking through his spokesperson, Ismail Afolabi, Ogunbiyi told Punch “To resolve the crisis arising from the PDP primary, the leadership of the party resolved that Ogunbiyi’s camp should produce a candidate who would deputise Adeleke; they conceded Osun West Senatorial ticket of the party to Ogunbiyi himself and also rationalised other issues for peace to reign.
“But the agreement did not see the light of the day. It was breached. Adeleke and his campaign organisation led by Dr Lere Oyewumi picked Hon. Albert Adeogun, an indigene of Ife as the deputy governorship candidate and frustrated the move by the party to substitute Adeogun’s name in line with the said accord. Ogunbiyi and his camp were sidelined thereafter.
“Backed by Adeleke, Lere Oyewumi went all out for the Osun West Senatorial ticket, breached the signed agreement between him and Ogunbiyi while the leadership of the party looked away.
“Lere contested against himself and yet rolled out results showing that Ogunbiyi participated in the charade he organised in Osogbo, instead of Iwo, the appropriate venue of the exercise. Osun people at the convention were shocked and emotional to see the so-called result of the unfair and highly incredible exercise. It is evident that Osun PDP is sitting on gunpowder. We hope that the national leadership of the party will address Lere’s impunity.”
Reacting, Senator Adeleke dismissed the allegations leveled by Akin Ogunbiyi.
Speaking through his media aide, Mr. Olawale Rasheed, Adeleke said, “We regard the cock and bull story on the Osun-West senatorial PDP ticket as a mere distraction at a time the PDP and the Adeleke Campaign Organisation are busy preparing for legal presentations to reclaim the stolen mandate of the Osun people.
“At a time all genuine PDP members are praying and contributing to make the legal battle a success, here we are with fake news of Senator Ademola Adeleke being responsible for the action and conduct of a senior member of the party.”