By Dirisu Yakubu
The runner-up in Saturday’s Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship primary election in Osun state, Dr. Akin Ogunbiyi has called on the leadership of the party to declare him the party’s flag bearer in the state gubernatorial poll schedule for September 22, 2018.
Ogunbiyi who stormed the Wadata Plaza, national secretariat yesterday with scores of his supporters, faulted the process that produced the winner of the primary election, Senator Nurudeen Ademola Adeleke, who polled a total of 1,569 votes, seven more than Ogunbiyi’s 1,562.
In a petition addressed to the chairman, gubernatorial Electoral Appeal Panel of the PDP, Ogunbiyi premised his prayers on the ground that 42 voided votes and 128 unaccounted votes were his, adding that the total votes he garnered amounted to 1,732.
“I, Dr. Akin Ogunbiyi having polled the highest number of votes in the primary election of 21st July, 2018, be declared the validly nominated/ elected PDP governorship candidate for the forthcoming September 22, 2018 gubernatorial election for Osun state,” he stated.
Ogunbiyi also questioned Adeleke’s eligibility for the poll, stressing that a document allegedly submitted by the lawmaker as evidence of his educational qualification up to school certificate level does not meet the basic qualification stipulated by the 1999 Constitution (as amended) and the Electoral Act.