Aspirants who lost in the Peoples Democratic Party’s governorship primaries in Ekiti State and Osun have been urged to support the winners to ensure the party’s victory at the polls.
Chairman of the PDP Governors’ Forum, Mr. Godswill Akpabio, made the call on Wednesday in Dutse while reading a communiqué issued by the forum at the end of its meeting in the state.
Akpabio pledged the forum’s support for Mr. Ayo Fayose and Chief Iyiola Omisore, the party’s governorship candidates in Ekiti and Osun state respectively, in the elections billed for June and August.
He urged aggrieved aspirants who participated in the party’s primaries in both states to put their grievances behind them and work with the candidates for victory in the elections.
“We are also appealing to the candidates that emerged to embrace the aspirants that contested against them for the success of the party.
“The forum also congratulates the party chairman on the successful conduct of the primary elections in the two states,” he said.
“We also felicitate with the PDP over the victory at the high court concerning the defection of 37 lawmakers, and it is a victory for the rule of law,” he added.
Akpabio said that the forum condemned the “unnecessary noise” of the All Progressives Congress on the judgment.
“The forum calls on the opposition not to play politics with the law,” he added.
Meanwhile, notable politicians from Ekiti South Senatorial District have begun jostling to be nominated as the running mate of former Governor.
Our correspondent gathered on Wednesday that at least four politicians from Ekiti South were among those lobbying to be nominated as the running mate to the former governor.
A leader of the party said that Chief Bisi Aloba, who is a leader of the PDP in Ikere- Ekiti, might be considered by Fayose because of the voting strength of the town.
He said others were the former Speaker of Ekiti State House of Assembly, Mr. Femi Bamisile, Mr. Wale Akinniyi and a retired Permanent Secretary, Ekiti State Civil Service, Mrs. A. Alade, who is from Ekiti North Senatorial District.
The source said, “It is certain that the running mate will come from Ekiti South. Many factors will come into play and I think Aloba is the most favoured among those who have shown interest so far.
“You recall that Fayose picked two men from Ikere as his deputies during his first term before his crisis. Things may not be different this time round.”
The governorship candidate is likely going to pick a politician from Ekiti South as his running mate to placate members of the party who are clamouring to occupy the governorship seat in the state for the first time.