The Aspirants of Oyo State House of Assembly and House of Representative members in Oluyole Local Government people Democratic Aspirants in Oluyole Local Government area of Oyo State has fumed to a new going around the media that, Oluyole Local Government has reached consensus.
Today, it was gathered during the press briefing organized by the aspirants of the party in the Oluyole Local Government, that, at the stakeholders’ meeting held yesterday, the aspirants were only asked to introduce themselves before deciding on whether to go for primaries or to go in the way of consensus. Our correspondent learned that some people now went behind to declare the State’s Publicity Secretary, Akeem Olatunji, as their consensus candidate after the introductory meeting.
Aspirants, vying for the post of Federal House of Representatives include, Hon. Moboluji Adebayo, Hon. Tokunbo Ogunbola, Hon. John Ogunsola, Hon. Bolu Olapade and Makinde’s Chief of Staffs, Hon. Olawale Mogbonjubola (Jagaban). For the State house of Assembly, that includes, Hon. Dikko Salami, Hon. Moruf Adepoju, Hon. Femi Bamigbola, Hon. Olawale Olatunbosun, Hon. Taofeek Ogunrinde, Hon. Kola Oladikun, Hon. Kolawole Tosin, Hon. Kemi Obanibaseri, Hon. Francis Adewale Adetunji and Alhaji Taofik. They have all come together to debunk the rumor, that, Akeem Olatunji, has been the consensus candidate for the Local Government.
One of the Aspirants, Moboluji Adebayo an aspirant for the federal representative, said, “We believe so much in the leadership of our party “People’s Democratic Party” and because of that, there was a meeting that was held by the Governor of the State with the leadership across all its constituency in the State. He discussed the possibility of a consensus candidate which is very good for our democracy but the problem is that both state and House of Reps aspirants for Oluyole Local Government, there was no consensus candidate as far as we know because we did not agree amongst ourselves to pick one person as a consensus candidate at the end of the meeting, but some news filtering from various social media and all of that wrote this morning that a consensus candidate has been picked which is against what happened last night, that is why we called for this press briefing.” He noted.
“We’ve not been informed officially apart from telling us yesterday night that we should go home and since that yester-night till this present time now which says 12:38pm, as I speak no aspirant has been informed about what is going on, so there is no candidate that has been picked for either state and federal constituency, so far there was no consensus agreed upon by the candidate so far, all the aspirants have agreed to go for primaries.” Bolu said.
Speaking on behalf of the House of Assembly members, Hon. Femi Bangbola, said they don’t recognize consensus in Oluyole LG, what we want is primaries in Oluyole.
“The governor, his Excellency, Engr. Seyi Makinde has not yet imposed any candidate throughout Oyo state, it is bilateral to say the leader should decide peradventure consensus or through primaries or whatever modality the leadership should take if they want to decide. So, there’s no opposition the governor has not stated any candidature in any of the Local Governments. He is only referring them back to the root that they should decide if they want a consensus or they should go for primaries, and so far in Oluyole local government all aspirants have a resolution that there is no consensus.” Femi added.
“We did not discuss this at the meeting,our stand now is that we have not done anything, and we don’t recognize a consensus candidate here in Oluyole both state and federal level, we are all going for primaries, we want to go for primaries. Personally I don’t want to go for consensus.” He concluded
While reacting, Hon. Dikko Salami, said, “Only seven of them can’t just take decisions on behalf of the rest, and only seven of the leaders affirmed the person we are talking about and as far as we are concerned, this is not what we all agreed upon, they should allow the people of the constituency to choose who will represent them at all levels”