The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday in Abuja screened Dele Adeleke, Dr. Akin Ogunbiyi and Dotun Babayemi for its ticket, ahead of the Osun State governorship election, Thecitypulsenews reports.
Others also screened were Alhaji Fatai Akinbade, Emmanuel Oluseye and Senator Ademola Adeleke, Davido’s uncle.
Although this medium gathered from NAN that Sen. Ademola Adeleke was conspicuously absent during the exercise, but another inside source revealed that he came early and he was the first person attended to which made him to leave immediately.
The exercise, which lasted about three hours, took place at the national secretariat of the party in Abuja , with the aspirants taking turns to appear before the five-member screening committee.
Briefing reporters after the exercise, the Chairman of the Screening Committee, Mr. Mohammed Adoke, said the exercise was seamless.
He said the panel received a few petitions against one of the aspirants, adding that the petitions were treated on their merit.
Adoke said: “I can assure you that we shall turn in our report in the next 48 hours. Six of them came for the screening. We screened all of them and we are satisfied with the answers they gave us.
“We ensured that the process was transparent. We ensured that they were given fair hearing and we ensured that we executed the mandate given to us by the party. We ensured that we worked with the dictates of our conscience and dictates of fairness.
“As a party in opposition preparing to win the next election, we ensured we built the necessary trust within the party members so that we can work in tandem with our objective; which is to win the Osun State election.”
The party’s primary election is fixed for March 9, while the election proper will hold on July 16, going by the timeline set by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
Speaking with one of the aspirant Dele Adeleke, who is also a nephew to the dancing Senator Ademola Adeleke, he said the idea of having a consensus candidate was not bad, but the party must do it democratically.
Adeleke also described himself as a credible politician with grassroots support, who could win the election for PDP in the state.
Internal source also revealed that Dele Adeleke and Akin Ogunbiyi are the best candidate suitable for the job.