Ondo 2020: SDP shuts its door with confusion as two candidates emerge in Primaries

....Rep warns failed aspirants to stay away from party

by Tunde Olorungbotemi, Ondo

Peter Fasua, Adekunle Saliu

In preparation for the Ondo state governorship election on October 10, 2020, the Social Democratic party has shut its door indefinitely with confusion.

Two governorship candidates on Thursday emerged for the Social Democratic Party (SDP) from parallel primaries in the state.

One of the candidate, Peter Fasua was nominated at a primary held at the party’s secretariat in Akure while Adekunle Saliu was nominated at another primary held in Ondo town.

Mr Fasua was declared the winner at the Akure event after two other contestants, Festus Owolola and Bamidele Oduwale, stepped down from the contest.

According to the party’s National Vice Chairman (South West), Bade Falade, eight delegates from each of the 18 local government areas of the state participated in the exercise.

“Fasua emerged as our candidate for the October 10 election when the other aspirants stepped down for him. Having met all the guidelines of our party, Mr Peter Oyeleye Fasua is hereby returned elected as candidate of SDP for the Ondo State governorship election,” he said.

Another development, Mr Adekunle Saliu was nominated by 360 delegates at Motel Place in Ondo town on the same day.

This was said to have been conducted through affirmative motion by the National Publicity Secretary of the party, Alfa Mohammed.

The exercise was witnessed by the chairman of the Primary Election Committee of the SDP, Hussein Dass, and National Welfare Officer of the party, Wale Aladeoba.

Mr Saliu reportedly got “Yes” votes from all the 360 delegates.

The primary that produced Mr Fasua was reportedly attended by the state chairpersons of the party from Ebonyi, Edo, Ogun, Kogi, Rivers, Osun, Lagos, Delta, Adamawa and Akwa-Ibom states.

Meanwhile, strong indication has surfaced that the deputy governor and other aspirants who failed to win the tickets of the party are planning to defect to the Social Democratic Party (SDP) to realise their governorship ambition.

However, report gathered that loyalists of the deputy governor are reaching out to some national leaders of the SDP to concede the party ticket for him.

However, while reacting to the alleged romance of Ajayi with SDP, his Chief Press Secretary, Babatope Okeowo, said: “any other political party is not an option for the deputy governor. He is not desperate to become a governor. So the story is not true.

Also, the Director-General of the Ajayi campaign organisation, Dr Kola Ademujimi, said that “PDP remains our party and we, therefore, want all our supporters to remain loyal to the Party as we work towards the way forward.

Ondo Rep warns failed aspirants to stay away from SDP

Consequently, a member of the House of Representatives, representing Idanre/Ifedore federal constituency of Ondo, Honorable Tajudeen Adefisoye, has asked the aspirants to stay away from the party.

In a statement obtained by VOICE AIR MEDIA,
Adefisoye wrote on his Facebook that “Congrats to the winners of both the APC and PDP party primaries.

“As for the rest, stay in your party and work for the candidates. No carry your wahala come another person party. Wahala full here already”.

Meanwhile, a report obtained by VOICE AIR MEDIA indicated that INEC is yet to publicise the names of the recognised candidates for the election.

For the gubernatorial poll, Fourteen parties, including the SDP, are presenting candidates for the Ondo state election.

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