The Ambassador Olu Agbi-led faction of the Ondo state chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party on Thursday alleged that the party was yet to produce a candidate for the October 20 governorship election.
Chairman of the faction, Mr. Akin Olowookere, who addressed a news conference in Akure also said his members will not support the candidature of Chief Olusola Oke because his emergence was not constitutional.
Olowookere said the congresses that produced the current state executives of the party were “carried out in full deliberate disobedience of a subsisting Court Injunction.”
He said, “The so-called State executive that emanated from the illegal Congress proceeded to conduct primaries for governorship aspirants within the party through a heavily flawed and crooked selection process.
“Five delegates for the primaries were handpicked from each Local Government making only 90 members from the entire state to participate in the exercise.
“Again, on the day of the so-called primary, only 18 members out of the 90 were also handpicked and taken into an inner room to decide privately who will be the flagbearer of the party.
“It is these18 members that later came out to announce their verdict to the 72 left-over to produce the current so-called candidate.
“To further formalize their illegality and undemocratic procedure, the illegal State EXCO members assembled three handpicked members again from each ward in the 18 local government areas of the state to ratify the
illegality they had earlier committed.
“The perpetration and perpetuation of undemocratic actions continued unabated when the illegal Alabi-led executive decided to set up caretaker committees in some local governments in the state where they picked their cronies and friends to run the affairs of the party.
“In as much as democracy cannot be built on undemocratic foundations to say the least, Olusola Oke’s nomination is heavily flawed but more will be heard of this at a later date.
Olowookere also added that the distribution of party appointments “was cornered by a few cronies of Dr. Olusegun Agagu at his dictation thus reaffirming the proprietorship system once again.”
He also noted that the choice Oke as the party’s candidate constituted the bane of the party because he is from the Ondo South senatorial district where the where the former governor of the state Dr. Olusegun Agagu hailed from.
He said, “We have noted that only one Senatorial district has dominated the government seat since the formation of the P.D.P. in Ondo State. In 1998, Dr. Olusegun Agagu from the South Senatorial Disrict contested for the governorship of the State as well as in 2003.
“The same Dr. Olusegun Agagu contested in 2007 and now in 2012, Chief Olusola Oke who is also from the Southern Senatorial District is about to contest for the governorship of this State again.
“From the foregoing, one can see that this is not only unprecedented in the annals of Ondo State history but also unfair by any yardstick or criterion.
“It cannot be said that the P.D.P. in the State cannot find a qualified candidate from the Northern and Central Senatorial Districts.” He added
Olowooke also noted that it would be difficult for a party without a senator, member of House of Representatives, member of the House of assembly and a local government chairman to win a governorship election.
He said, “The incumbent governor who is also an administrator that have 99 per cent of National Assembly, State Assembly and have nominated all the Federal appointments, will be difficult to beat in an election.”