The Chairman of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Osun state, Hon. Soji Adagunodo has rejected insinuations that the ticket of the party is decided in favour of a particular aspirant.
He said whoever will emerge PDP’s flagbearer in the upcoming governorship election must work for it.
Adagunodo in a statement circulated on Sunday, also threw the contest open for aspirants from all parts of the state, saying the party has resolved not to zone the governorship ticket.
“Osun PDP will not Influence votes for any aspirant at the governorship primary, we will also not zone, whoever that truly Wants to be the Governor must work for it the way I did during the Chairmanship Contest,” the statement reads in part.
The Osun state PDP chief’s statement came amidst rumours that the Senator representing Osun West district, Ademola Adeleke, is favoured to pick the party’s ticket, causing silent groaning among other aspirants, who feared the process of arriving at a candidate may be manipulated.
But dismissing the rumours as unfounded, Adagunodo went against agitations for zoning the ticket to a zone, saying aside that zoning is unconstitutional, it limit the chances of individuals to aspire for position.
Adagunodo advised aspirants from zone clamouring for the party’s ticket to reach out widely, adding that just as he transversed every parts of the state while seeking the party’s top office mandate, any aspirant seeking PDP’s ticket must as well court supports across board for him to emerge as candidate.
“Zoning is unconstitutional, it reduces the scope of chances of individuals in any contest. Our party will not zone the governorship in the 2018 contest because our constitution doesn’t support the idea.
“I think those who are clamouring for the governorship to come to their zone should move out and cut relationship with the ward, local government, the State executives and statutory delegates for votes.
“During the State Chairmanship contest of the party, I, Hon. Olasoji Adagunodo traversed all nooks, cranies, amulets and communities that made up the State while my co-contenders and their political Lords went to only three towns that made up the senatorial headquarters. I see that as laziness and it affected their political chances.
“PDP will not influence or tilt towards any aspirant, whoever that truly wants to win will do so on his personal merit because the party cherishes the post primary peace that will give us victory at the polls, the type of governorship primary that I want is the one that will not make the losers feel cheated or feel schemed out by anybody.”
Adagunodo warned aspirants against conniving with certain leaders of the party to manipulate delegate lists, vowing that such practice will not be tolerated under his leadership of the party in the state.
Painting a picture of candidate the party envisaged, Adagunodo said the PDP will field a candidate that is not tainted and not associated with impunity, which the state chapter of the party fought for years.
“I will also beg our aspirants not to induce anybody with money, we want them to stay away from cutting corners by believing in certain leaders or executives who might have promised to help them manipulate delegate lists, that will only amount to fraud and the State Working Committee of our party under my leadership will not tolerate such unholy game.
“We want to come out clean and unblemished in all what we do because that has been the much talked about impunity that we all have been condemning,” he noted.