The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)
governorship candidate in Osun state, Senator Ademola Adeleke
and the runner up at the primaries, Dr Akin Ogunbiyi have
agreed to work together for the party’s victory in the September 22
The two stalwarts of the party on
Wednesday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU)
after a reconciliation meeting presided over by the Senate
President, Sen. Bukola Saraki at his Abuja residence.
Ogunbiyi had faulted the primaries that produced Adeleke, while
some other stakeholders challenged his candidacy in court on
grounds of his educational qualification.
Saraki speaking with newsmen after the ceremony said the
MOU was not just between Adeleke and Ogunbiyi, but
involved all the PDP stakeholders in Osun state.
He said that with the coming together of the two party men,
hitherto thought irreconcilable, the PDP is now a united family
in Osun state.
Saraki is also the Chairman of PDP National Campaign Team
For the Osun poll.
“We are very happy with what we have seen today. The credit
goes to two of them, Sen. Ademola Adeleke and more
particularly, Dr Ogunbiyi.
“We have all gone through election and we know what is like to
lose an election. Ogunbiyi and Adeleke have put the party first
and they have come together in the interest of the people of
Osun state, 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.”
Sen Adeleke expressed joy for the rapprochement with
Ogunbiyi. He said God has answered PDP’s prayer.
He commended the PDP leadership for the reconciliation .
“For us and the PDP victory is assured and by the grace of
God we are going to win the gubernatorial election come 22nd.
“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.
“With this reconciliation everybody is happy, the electorate are
waiting for us and sure victory is ours.”
Ogunbiyi said the reconciliation was for the interest of the Osun
people and Nigeria at Large.
“We believe Osun for us most be taken, for us to be able to
wrest power from the All Progressives Congress come 2019.
And we are going to work together for the party’s victory in the
September 22nd gubernatorial election.”