OBIORA IFOH, Abuja
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) may have heaved a sigh of relief following reconciliation between the governorship candidate of the PDP for Osun State, Senator Ademola Adeleke and the first runner up Dr. Akin Ogunbiyi.
Ogungbiyi had petitioned the PDP, challenging the outcome of the Osun State governorship primary where Adeleke scored 1, 569 votes to defeat Ogunbiyi who garnered 1, 562 votes after a recount was done. Supporters of Ogungbyi also challenged the outcome of the result in court.
But the duo on Wednesday in Abuja signed a peace pact, pledging to work together to ensure victory for the party in the governorship election in Osun State which will take place on the 22nd of September.
Addressing journalists after signing the peace pact, the President of the Senate, Abubakar Bukola Saraki who brokered the reconciliation deal said, “What just happened is the signing of MoU between not just the two aspirants of the Osun gubernatorial primaries of PDP, but between all the PDP stakeholders in Osun state, especially between two Osun PDP gubernatorial primaries who a lot of people think cannot come together.
“Today, what you are seeing is the unity of the PDP in Osun State. The two aspirants who contested in an intensive primary are now together finally, so that we will be able to present a united party for the forthcoming election.
“We are very happy with what we have seen today, the credit goes to two of them, Senator Ademola Adeleke and more particularly Dr Ogunbiyi because we have all gone through election and we know what is like to lose an election, but he puts the party first and they come together in the interest of the people in Osun State and to rescue the people.
“So, what you have just seen is a sign that Osun PDP is united, and with a united PDP, victory is sure for the party in the election in the next two weeks” the Senate president boasted.
Also reacting to the pact, Dr Ogunbiyi said, “Am very delighted that we got to this point, and is for the interest of the Osun people and Nigeria at large because we believe Osun for us must be taken, for us to be able to wrestle power from the All Progressives Congress come 2019.
“And we are going to work together for the party’s victory in the 22nd September gubernatorial election” Ogunbiyi stated.
Senator Adeleke also expressed his readiness to work with all stakeholders to ensure victory for the party.
He said, “Am so happy that we have seen today and God has answered PDP’s prayer. For us and the PDP victory is assured and by the grace of God we are going to win the gubernatorial election come 22nd.
“We thank the leadership of the PDP, especially the Senate President, Chairman of our National Campaign Committee and all our party leaders to have organized this.
“The electorate are waiting for us, I believe that they want us and this is what they have been waiting for because after primary there should be reconciliation and with this reconciliation everybody is happy, the electorate are waiting for us and sure victory is ours” Adeleke stated.
Present at the signing of the peace deal were the National Vice Chairman of PDP South West, Eddy Olafeso, Senator Ben Obi, Senator Abiodun Olujimi, Senator David Mark and all the members of Osun Campaign Council.
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