Osun Election: Jonathan, Muazu Begs Oyinlola, Details of What Transpired
President Goodluck Jonathan and the Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), yesterday pleaded with a former Governor of Osun State, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola, to support the party in the forthcoming gubernatorial election in Osun State.
The meeting which lasted for about an hour was held inside the Presidential Villa, Abuja, where the disputed position of the PDP National Secretary, currently being occupied by Prof. Wale Oladipo.
A source who pleaded anonymity because he was not authorised to speak on the issue, said Oyinlola was asked at the meeting to support the candidate of the party, Senator Iyiola Omisore for the governorship election.
He said, “The President pleaded with him to support Omisore and the party and also to help in the campaign of the party.
“The President told him that he would want him (Oyinlola) to be present at the party’s campaign when he would be coming in order to give an assurance that he is with the PDP.”
In response to the demand by Oyinlola that he be reinstated as the National Secretary of the PDP as ordered by the Court of Appeal, the President was said to have said that the issue would be looked into.
It was also gathered that the President did not make any commitment on whether the PDP would be asked to withdraw its appeal on the issue, which is pending at the Supreme Court.
Because of this, it was gathered that the former governor and his supporters were of the opinion that the President and the party wanted to use them to win the election and later abandon them.
“We know the gimmick. We know the politics. We also know what they are up to. They want us to be committed to them and later abandon us. We are wiser,” the source added.
Oyinlola, had after the meeting told State House correspondents that Mu’azu brought him to meet with the President on how to improve the party’s fortunes.
He also said he remained the party’s National Secretary in the eye of the law, describing “whoever is currently holding the office as a pretender.”
The former governor said, “I was taken to the Villa by the Chairman of the PDP, and we had some discussions on to how to move the fortunes of the party forward. All I am telling you is that Oyinlola in the face of the law remains the authentic secretary of the PDP. Anybody in that office for now is a pretender!”
It was however gathered that the President and the leadership of the party were not ready to trade away the current occupier of the office of the National Secretary, Prof. Wale Oladipo, who is the candidate of Omisore and PPP leader in the South-West, Alhaji Buruji Kashamu.
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