By Stanley Onyekwere
Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) aspirants in Ondo state have called on the state Governor, Olusegun Mimiko and his supporters, who recently defected from Labour Party to PDP, to leave the part for peace to reign.
According to the aspirants, made up of those aspiring for the state House of Assembly, House of Representatives, and the Senate positions, under the umbrella of PDP Aspirants Forum in Ondo state, they said since the defection of Mimiko and his people to the party, they have been causing confusion, and are at verge of pushing old party stalwarts out of the party.
Speaking on behalf of the aspirants, Chairman of the Forum, Adekanmbi Femi, who addressed newsmen at a press conference in Abuja at the weekend, lamented that the governor disqualified over sixty aspirants contesting for the Senate, House of Representatives and the state House of Assembly in Ondo, after paying millions of naira to purchase forms from the party.
“The Governor came into the party and disqualified some aspirants of the party, these are people that have labored and spent money towards the party, and suddenly somebody came and disqualified them on the flimsy excuse of non-presentation of NYSC certificate among others, just because he is a governor.
“PDP is a party that has constitution; it is a party that respects the rule of law, it is a party that gives equal rights to everybody, and PDP is a party that does not recognize sole administrator- what is been done in Labour party cannot be done in PDP.
“They are not our members, and they are contesting for various offices under the party, but we will get to a level to prove this fact to the whole world and even if it takes us to the Supreme Court, Mimiko and his people should go back to the Labour party, and stay there and contest if they so wish,” he said.
Citing a purported agreement that was reached and enforced on some of their leaders that allegedly compromised, he said such an agreement cannot be upheld in Ondo state, adding “we are going to the primaries for various positions in Ondo state.
“We want to let the whole world know the manifestation of political event in Ondo state, a stakeholders meeting was held in Abuja, with Senate President, David Mark, presiding over it, and following the outcome of the meeting, we the PDP aspirants totally disagree with the meeting, as well as rejects the outcome of the meeting”, he said.