Following the endorsement of Senator Ademola Adeleke as the sole candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) for 2022 governorship election in Osun state, a former Minister of Youth Development and chieftain of the party, Senator Akinlabi Olasunkanmi, and other members have called for the resignation of the state party’s chairman, Soji Adagunodo and the National Deputy Publicity Secretary, Diran Odeyemi.
ALLSKYTVNEWS gathered that some PDP leaders had adopted Senator Adeleke as the sole candidate for the next gubernatorial election in the state at a thanksgiving programme held at the country home of the Adelekes in Ede.
The former senator, who was surprised by the movement, said he was expecting the voluntary resignation of Adagunodo as the chairman of the state PDP and Odeyemi as the party’s deputy national publicity secretary.
In his words, “the next breaking news I’m expecting is the voluntary resignation Soji Adagunodo as the chairman of Osun state PDP and Diran Odeyemi as our deputy national publicity secretary.
“It is a big shame that both of them were not only present at the organized charade disguised as prayers but were both quoted to have made statements that are inconsistent with democratic principles and practices.
“And more importantly, Dr. Deji Adeleke, has through this appropriate response to their maverick ways of playing politics of the stomach publicly exposed their roles leading up to the 2018 election. Therefore if they both have any honour left individually and collectively, they should voluntarily resign now. They have lost all moral and political rights to continue to lead our party, both at state and national levels.”
In a swift reaction, PDP National Deputy Publicity Secretary, Diran Odeyemi, described the former senator as an outdated party’s stalwart.
Odeyemi said the fomer minister must have been misinformed by calling for their resignation because they attended a thanksgiving programme at Adeleke’s house in Ede on Tuesday, July 9.
Odeyemi said if the former minister got his information right, he would know that it was not the party leadership that moved the motion for adoption of Senator Adeleke and it wasn’t the party leadership that supported the motion but a leader of the party from his federal constituency who had a right to his personal opinion at such a political gathering.
“Our presence is not enough for him to justify his allegation that we moved the party secretariat to Ede. As a politician who knows the value of money expended, pre and post gubernatorial election by the Adelekes, Senator Akinlabi was expected to be the first person that everybody should meet at Ede on that day, even considering what the family had done for his political elevation which shot him up the ladder in Osun politics.
“As a reminder, Senator Akinlabi’s senatorial and ministerial positions were purely because of the magnanimity of the late Senator Isiaka Adetunji Adeleke when the entire party hierarchy had concluded to trade his senatorial ambition to pacify Senator Isiaka Adetunji Adeleke which the latter refused on moral ground and he eventually emerged and was elected.
“That when Senator Akinlabi contested against Senator Ademola Adeleke for Osun west senatorial bye-election, he demanded, claiming that he had spent fortune on the campaign and was paid millions of Naira by the same Dr. Deji Adeleke before he agreed to step down from the senatorial race,” he said.
While reacting, Ayo Aluko Olokun, media aide to Senator Akinlabi, said members of the party should commend the former senator his courage as a leader to speak up at a time, which he described as ‘moral and political decadence.’
Another youth member of the party, only identified as Sedolf, also said, “Diran, it is now that you are doubting the loyalty of Distinguish Sen. Akinlabi. To take you back just recently, he won his unit and ward with wide margin in the said Gubernatorial election of Sen.Ademola where in you LOST your unit by trading it away for APC.
“Also the party in the state doesn’t feel your contribution at all despite been up there except extorting around.”