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The Kwara State branch of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday warned members who did not benefit from the party’s consensual arrangement which has just been reached against any action that could threaten the party unity and peace in order to help the party return to power happens in 2023.
The PDP, however, denied the alleged imposition of party candidates while reacting to a protest by some youths in Offa, Offa Local Government Area of the state against the choice of Hon. Hassan Oyeleke, as candidate for the House of Representatives for the federal constituency of Ifelodun/Offa/Oyun.
Speaking at a press conference in Offa, Kwara South PDP Senate Chairman Mr. Bisi Fakayode stressed that “there is no taxation from anywhere.
“The Kwara South Senate leadership of the PDP accepts full responsibility for all the candidates that have emerged so far.
“It should be noted that five Offa wannabes initially expressed interest in the House of Representatives seat. Three more joined later and they were accommodated. That’s what happened.
“Ours is a democratic party that draws its power from the people. It is the people who decide what they want. »
Fakayode added that “it is an open secret that at the end of last week young people were seen in Offa protesting against the process which led to the nomination of the candidate for the House of Representatives of our great party. (PDP) for the federal constituency of Ifelodun/Offa/Oyun for the 2023 elections.
“When our party guidelines were released, leaders at the senatorial level reflected and decided to adopt the consensus arrangement to select candidates.
“We further agreed to go to the primary elections where the consensual arrangement would not work.”
A member of the Board of Directors of PDP (BoT), Hon. Ebun Owolabi, used the forum to call on aggrieved members to be magnanimous in defeat.
She added that “it is in the unity of the membership that the PDP will wrest power from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) at the state and national levels.”
Speaking in the same vein, former Kwara South Senator Rafiu Ibrahim argued that the PDP is currently in a good position to emerge victorious in the 2023 general election.
“If the PDP emerges victorious at the state and federal levels, we can erase the suffering inflicted on us by the APC-led state and federal governments,” he said.