The Ogun State chapter of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has declared that the cancellation of its governorship primaries held on Monday by the National Working Committee of the party is of no effect.
The state party Chairman, Dayo Bayo, made this known in a press statement made available to journalists in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital.
According to Mr. Bayo, the primaries was conducted following a National Executive Council meeting approval, which provided the guidelines and timetable for the congresses and primaries.
“Our attention has been drawn to media publications that the PDP primaries in some states, including Ogun State, has been nullified by the National Working Committee of our party”, he said.
You may recall that the national publicity secretary of PDP, Mr. Olisa Metuh, had in a statement issued on Monday evening in response to the governorship primary in the state said: “For the avoidance of doubt, the NWC hereby states that it did not authorize any governorship primary in Ogun state. Consequently, any such exercise held in Ogun state is hereby declared null and void and of no effect”.
Continuing, the Ogun PDP chairman said “Ordinarily we should have ignored the speculation because the party has its official procedure of operations and channels of communications.
“But we need to allay the fears of our teaming members, party faithful and supporters who may have read the nullification reports that there is no iota of truth in the report and that all primary congresses held in Ogun State from the house of assembly to the just concluded gubernatorial primary are valid and authentic.
“The nullification report is false and misleading. Our findings at the national headquarters of our party confirmed that there was no National working Committee meeting where such decision was taken. The National Executive Council meeting approved the guidelines and time table for the congresses and primaries in which our party in Ogun state adhered strictly to from the conduct of congresses that produced the delegates to the primaries.
“Besides, there were judgements that empowered the PDP chapter in Ogun State to conduct congresses and primary elections and file the reports to the appropriate authorities including the INEC. The party in Ogun State has fulfilled all righteousness and accordingly forwarded the results of the elections to INEC and all other relevant agencies.
“The Party in Ogun state also complied with the party constitution article 25 which empowered the State chairman of our Party as chairman of the congresses to act accordingly and to which to all intent and purpose has been justifiably done. We therefore implore all our party faithful, supporters and the good people of Ogun State to disregard the news going rounds that the primary congresses in Ogun State have been nulified. We dismiss such report as it is false, misleading and emanated from enemies of progress”.