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Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, governorship candidate for Ogun State, Hon. Oladipupo Olatunde Adebutu has protested plots to substitute the list of candidates sent to the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, by the national leadership of the party.

Speaking during interactive session with journalists at the PDP national secretariat, Hon Adebutu said the group loyal to Senator Kashamu Buruji never participated in the PDP primaries and wondered how they came about the list they are trying to foist on INEC.

Shedding light on the genesis of the presenimpasse, Hon Adebutu, who is representing Ikenne/Shagamu/Remo North in the Federal House of Representatives, said that the National Caretaker Chairman of PDP dissolved all the parallel state executives in the state in a National convention and later reconstituted it and after an election which was monitored by the National Executives, but a faction led by Senator Buruji Kashamu refused to abide by the wish of the party and have continued to run parallel administration.

He said that 40 candidates emerged from the congress organised by the state chapter of the party but was worried that a faction that never held a Congress is making attempts to submit list of candidates to INEC.

He said, “The National Working Committee, NWC, set up election and screening committees, forms were sold, we participated in the primaries and 40 candidates emerged in Ogun state.

“But a parallel group printed some forms, sold the forms, held a convention and people emerged. If we allow this kind of lawlessness and people will stay in their rooms, claim they have done primary’s go to court and obtain an injunction and take it to INEC and it will be accepted, then there is trouble.

“The element of transparency is totally destroyed. The law clearly states that there shall be only one primary organised by a party.

“This is a deliberate attempt to make the opposition party the PDP a weaker party. We saw this in Edo, we saw this in Ondo state. The time we could have spent campaigning, we spent it on conflict resolution” he lamented.

While describing Buruji group as “renegades” he urged INEC and well-meaning Nigerians to stand up and oppose these enemies of democracy.

“We have made attempt to vacate the court order but the process has been deliberately slowed down and in my view as long as it continues to linger, democracy continues to be in jeopardy.”

Earlier the Spokesperson of the PDP Kola Ologbondiyan equally raised concerns over attempts by Buruji loyalists to submit a list of candidates to INEC on Tuesday night but for the quick intervention of the Legal adviser of the electoral body who rejected the list because it was not endorsed by neither the National Chairman nor the Secretary.

Ologbondiyan emphasized that INEC cannot validly accept any nomination form that is not endorsed by the national chairman and secretary as required by the constitution and other extant laws.

He clarified that PDP submitted its list for Ogun as early as 18th October while the Buruji faction made first attempt to submit theirs on the 22nd.

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