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Published On: Mon, Aug 4th, 2014

Osun: PDP stands good chance of winning- Presidency

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By Lawrence Olaoye

Special Adviser to President Jonathan on Political Matters, Professor Ahmed Rufa’I Alkali, yesterday predicted the return of the entire south-west states to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) through the 2015 poll.

 Alkali also disclosed that security reports on plans to cause mayhem during the coming governorship poll in Osun state prompted President Jonathan to announce in Osogbo that Police would mount guard before and during the election.

 He said Nigeria should be grateful for the efforts by the President in making the last governorship election in Ekiti peaceful and best conducted, as he expressed confidence that Osun election too would equally peaceful.

 Alkali, immediate past National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, said it was glaring that the PDP was the most grounded in the zone given the manner the electorates in the south-west has been rooting for the ruling party lately.

 Speaking with newsmen in Abuja, he said it was necessary for the zone to return to the center by 2015 in order to shake off the toga of opposition with which it had long been identified.

 Rufai expressed regrets that the courts halted the good plans of PDP for the southwest when some of the states, according to him, fell on the laps of the opposition party by courts pronouncements.

 Rufa’I who was in Osogbo, Osun State capital for the grand campaign by the PDP in support of its governorship candidate, Senator Iyiola Omisore, said with what he saw in Osogbo, the victory of PDP in the August 9 governorship election was a forgone conclusion.

He said, “It was glaring as every body could see that the crowd of PDP supporters who welcomed PDP in Osogbo was awesome.

 “If I had doubts before now, like any other person based on propaganda, I am now more rest assured that Osun state is as good as returning to PDP after the governorship election”.

Rufa’I who spoke with newsmen on the PDP campaign in Osun state urged the electorate in the state to key into the promises by President Goodluck Jonathan to work with Omisore if elected as governor.

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