Various reactions have greeted the adoption of Deputy Governor of Ekiti State, Prof. Kolapo Olusola, as the consensus candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the 2018 governorship election.
The immediate past Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Owoseni Ajayi; and a former Nigerian High Commissioner to Canada, Dare Bejide, who are aspirants on the party’s platform have dismissed the development, saying it does not pose any threat to their ambition.
Bejide said, “Any caucus of the party can adopt any candidate, whether the choice of Olusola by his caucus has Fayose’s backing holds no water, as no one can impose a candidate on the party.
“This would not stop me from emerging the party’s governorship flagbearer for the poll in March 2018.”
Ajayi added that the decision to conduct primaries and determine who gets the party’s ticket belongs to the National Working Committee of the PDP.
In another reaction, the Publicity Secretary of the PDP National Caretaker Committee, Prince Adedayo Adeyeye, said the adoption was a clear breach of the PDP’s Constitution and the provisions of the Electoral Act (as amended).
His campaign group, Prince Adedayo Adeyeye Movement, claimed the meeting of the “amorphous group” was hastily convened out of fear for the overwhelming popularity of Adeyeye
“It is important to note that PDP as a political party is bigger and larger than an individual, no matter how highly placed he or she may be as to override the rules and regulations of the party which are sacrosanct in the election of any candidate for elective position.
“PAMM believes in credible, transparent, free and fair primary for all aspirants for the position of governor, come 2018.
“PAMM rejects the purported adoption of a sole candidate in its entirety, as there are many other aspirants for the governorship race in 2018.”