A former Senior Special Assistant to former President Olusegun Obasanjo, Mr. Segun Oluwadare, has chided a former Minister of Police Affairs, Mr.Caleb Olubolade, Prince Dayo Adeyeye and other Ekiti State Peoples Democratic Party governorship aspirants for clamouring for consensus in the just concluded governorship primaries in the state.
He said such call by the aspirants was an indication that the aspirants were not loyal to the party’s national leadership.
It will be recalled that a former Governor of the state, Mr. Ayodele Fayose defeated other aspirants during Saturday’s PDP governorship primaries in the state.
Olubolade and the defeated aspirants have described the election as a sham, saying the former governor would not lead the party to victory in the June 21 election in the state.
But Oluwadare, who spoke with journalists in Abuja on Monday, said he was neither a friend nor a close associate of Fayose, but noted that the jubilation in Ado Ekiti, the state capital after Fayose was declared the winner, indicated that the right candidate had won.
He said, “Their is no doubt that Fayose was more popular than these aspirants which indicated why they stood vehemently against the drive of the National Chairman, Alhaji Adamu Muazu to return the party to path of sanity and honour through internal democracy.”
He said it was funny that at this age of modernity in politics globally, some politicians could still demand for imposition of candidate.
He said any popular politician should not in any way shy away from election, adding that those defeated during the primaries should accept the result of the election and work with Fayose.
Oluwadare said he had expected that the other aspirants would present a candidate to face Fayose at the primary but which they couldn’t because no one was ready to step down for another.
He asked, “If they had supported consensus, why are they asking for cancellation of primary they did not believe in?
“The conduct of the primary by Dr. Peter Odili -led Panel was very transparent, witnessed by the Independent National Electoral Commission and security agencies. It was televised live on the national television for people to watch.
“Former Rivers State governor, Dr Peter Odili, is a man of integrity and highly respected by the party leadership and because he cannot support irregularity informed why the party assigned him to lead the panel.”
Oluwadare, therefore, advised Olubolade, Adeyeye and his group to put the differences behind since the primary has gone and join hands with Fayose so that he wins the June 21 election.