2023: PDP aspirants know fate today
Oyo state Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has come up with a bold arrangement to pick its candidates through consensus for the legislative seats for the 2023 general elections.
This covers the House of Assembly, House of Representatives and Senate positions.
According to what is unfolding in the party as directed by Governor Seyi Makinde and other too leaders of the party, party leaders in each local government/constituency are to sit as stakeholders to arrive at consensus candidates.
The stakeholders are to consider the various aspirants for each post and zero in on a candidate to represent the party.
The governor, Seyi Makinde, is said to have harped on objectivity in the exercise, a line toed by Senator Hosea Agboola, the chairman of the Elders Advisory Council of the party too.
ogbomosoinsightonline.com gathered that in Ogbomoso zone the stakeholders started meeting yesterday to execute the onerous assignment for the House of Assembly aspirants in the various state constituencies.
It was however learnt that some of the aspirants took a hard stance that they would not agree to the consensus arrangement if it did not favour them and would demand for primary election as is constitutionally required.
In Ogbomoso North a particular aspirant reportedly told the stakeholders yesterday that he would not step down for any aspirant arguing, “I was prodded to step down in 2019 with a promise to compensate me with appointment but up to this moment nothing has been done in that direction.”
It is learnt that there are 13 aspirants for the House of Assembly seat within the party in Ogbomoso North while there are 7 in Ogbomoso South. In Surulere/Ogo-Oluwa there are about 5 and in Oriire they are 14.
As at the time of filing this report only that of Oriire is said to have been resolved with one Akin Ogundele reportedly picked by the stakeholders.
In Ogbomoso North a woman is believed to have shot ahead in line with the governor’s wish that women emerge as candidates.
For the House of Reps, intense power struggles have ensued too. In Surulere/Ogo-Oluwa Federal Constituency as an instance, with the slot zoned to Surulere, it is a battle among the trio of Hon Banji Folaranmi, Smato and Barrister Lasun Olaleye.
While Otunba Seye Famojuro, a powerful aide of Seyi Makinde, is backing Smato, Lasun Olaleye, a serving commissioner, is supported by Hon Segun Ogunwuyi, Chief of Staff to Makinde. Folaranmi, who represented the constituency between 1999 and 2003, on the other hand, relies on the goodwill of the people. It has been a cut-throat struggle.
In Ogbomoso North/Ogbomoso South/Oriire Federal Constituency, the contesp is mainly among Oke Legacy, Olufemi Onireti and Akinwale Akinwole. The exercise to nominate the party’s flagbearer is slated for today.
For the Senate, it is still unclear whether the party will zone the position to Ogbomoso or Oke-Ogun area. Presently, an indigene of Oke-Ogun is the deputy governor but there are indications that politicians from Oke-Ogun are coveting the Senate seat in 2023, willing to dispense with the deputy governorship position. This may be resolved tomorrow at an expanded stakeholders’ meeting scheduled for Ibadan.
However, Alhaji Gbadegesin Rasak Kareem, former Deputy Chief of Staff to (now late) Governor Christopher Adebayo Alao-Akala has picked up the gauntlet to pick the party’s ticket to contest the Oyo North Senatorial election. His campaign posters have flooded the social media space in recent times.
Meanwhile, an aspirant who spoke with ogbomosoinsightonline.com this morning averred that the “journey is just starting.”