The national auditor of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Fatai Adeyanju,on Sunday, assured party members that there will be no imposition of candidates in the South-West in the 2015 general election.
Adeyanju said this while addressing mammoth crowd that witnessed the defection of a chieftain of the Labour Party in the state, Prince Segun Adewale, with no fewer than 5,000 other defectors into Ogun State PDP, at the Empire Field, Ilaro, Yewa South Local Government Area.
He stated that the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party was convinced that the party in the zone was ready to take charge of the South-West states.
Adeyanju said: “The National Working Committee of this party is convinced that PDP members in South West are ready to take over the government in the whole of South West states and by God’s grace, we shall start with Ekiti State.
“ The appeal the National Working Committee and the national chairman is making is that everybody should get up in that zone and campaign. Let it be known, no more imposition and no more infighting. We have problem in South West not because the people do not love the PDP, it is because of imposition.
“But this time around, everybody will be chosen by the people at the grassroots. If you want to contest, go out to the grassroots. Go and speak to the people, let them love you, tell them your programme and if they want you, you will carry the flag of PDP.”
Adewale was received into the PDP by its leaders; the Chairman of the party’s Organisation and Mobilisation Committee for the South-West, Prince Buruji Kashamu; the state Chairman of the PDP, Chief Bayo Dayo; former deputy governor, Alhaji Rafiu Ogunleye; the immediate past deputy governor, Alhaja Salimot Badru; the state Secretary of the party, Semiu Sodipo, and his predecessor, Chief Pegba Otemolu.
Adewale stated that he decided to pitch his tent with the PDP in the state, having recognised the potential of the major opposition party