‘Folarin is not Oyo PDP’s governorship candidate’

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By Tayo Johnson

A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Oyo State, Alhaji AbdulRasheed Olopoenia, has told former Senate Leader Teslim Folarin to stop parading himself as the party’s candidate in next year’s governorship poll. He urged Folarin to respect the party’s constitution by going through the primary and not cause disunity among aspirants. Speaking with reporters yesterday on the state of the party, Olopoenia said: “We have 10 PDP governorship aspirants and one of them is former Governor Adebayo Alao-Akala. Does Folarin think he is bigger than Alao-Akala? Does he think he can floor Mr. Seyi Makinde, who is a grassroots mobiliser and a friend of the masses? Can he floor Prof. Soji Adejumo, Mr. Azeem Gbolarumi and Mr. Femi Babalola, who are also grassroots mobilisers? “Folarin won the senatorial election with just 11 local government areas in Ibadan and we have 33 councils in this state. Does he think he can win in the other 22?” On rumours that Folarin might have the backing of the President and some PDP chieftains, he said President Goodluck Jonathan has no candidate and believes in following the party’s constitution.

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Olopoenia said: “Same applies to the PDP National Chairman, Alhaji Adamu Mu’azu, and the State Chairman, Mr. Yinka Taiwo. No PDP elder statesman has anointed Folarin, so I advise him to wait for the outcome of the ward primary and not cause rancour among members.”

He said the crisis rocking the party in Oyo had been resolved and members were now one big family.

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