Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Please Don’t Support APC In Osun ––Jonathan Begs Oyinlola

Former Governor of Osun State, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola, on Tuesday afternoon met behind closed doors with President Goodluck Jonathan inside the Aso Rock Presidential Villa in Abuja.

A source close to the meeting said the former governor was begged by the President to support his party, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, during the election.

Oyinlola, the elected National Secretary of PDP, who has been prevented from taking his office, was led to the meeting with the President by the party’s National Chairman, Alhaji Adamu Mu’azu.
A top inside source said: “The President pleaded with him to support Omisore and the party and also to help in the campaign of the party. 
“The President told him that he would want him (Oyinlola) to be present at the party’s campaign when he would be coming in order to give an assurance that he is with the PDP.”

The meeting, which lasted about an hour, was said to have discussed the forthcoming governorship election in Osun State and the disputed position of the PDP National Secretary, currently being occupied by Prof. Wale Oladipo.

At the end of the meeting, Oyinlola told State House correspondents that Mu’azu brought him to meet with the President on how to improve the party’s fortunes. He also said he remained the party’s National Secretary in the eye of the law, describing “whoever is currently holding the office as a pretender.”

According to Punch, Oyinlola stated that, “I was taken to the Villa by the Chairman of the PDP, and we had some discussions on to how to move the fortunes of the party forward. All I am telling you is that Oyinlola in the face of the law remains the authentic secretary of the PDP. Anybody in that office for now is a pretender!”

But sources says Oyinlola and his supporters are of the opinion that the President and the party wanted to use them to win the election and later abandon them.

“We know the gimmick. We know the politics. We also know what they are up to. They want us to be committed to them and later abandon us. We are wiser,” the source added.

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