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PDP Chairman, Ogundele and Ogun State Governorship Candidate, Adebutu In War Of Words Over Election Loss


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During a meeting at the party’s secretariat in Abeokuta, the Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ogun State, Sikirullai Ogundele, attributed the party’s loss in the 2023 governorship election to what he described as the alleged high handedness of its governorship candidate, Ladi Adebutu.

OvertNews reports that Ogundele accused Adebutu of fueling internal crises within the party and disregarding party leadership, ultimately resulting in the party’s failure to secure governmental positions.

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He said, “The reason why we are not in power today is because of Hon. Ladi Adebutu. 90 per cent of the reasons why we are not in government today were caused by Hon. Ladi Adebutu and this is because of his high-handedness. He does not listen to anybody’s advice.

“Adebutu has been the major reason why the party has been failing since the 2019 election. I don’t think Adebutu himself is interested in becoming the governor.

“Atiku came to Abeokuta twice to plead with Adebutu that we should put OGD (former governor Gbenga Daniel) on the ballot, but he refused. If we had put OGD (Daniel) on the ballot, the party would have won many seats at the election.

“Everybody was aware that Atiku came to Ogun State twice to beg him (Adebutu). Obasanjo too begged him, but he refused to shift ground.”

Ogundele has vowed to reclaim the party’s structure from Adebutu, emphasizing that the PDP is not the personal property of any individual. He stressed the importance of the PDP being an inclusive political entity, where every member is treated fairly and justly, regardless of their financial status or position.

Additionally, Adekunle Akinlade, the deputy governorship candidate of the party in the 2023 election, emphasized the need for the party to undergo significant repositioning to effectively challenge the ruling party in the 2027 elections.

“What we are saying is that if we must win or perform differently in 2027, we must reposition this party. We must bring in everybody to this party, we must make everybody feel comfortable that this party is for all of us.

“We must put the past behind us, we must put 2023 behind us and forge a strong front that can allow us to face whatever the future holds.

“The party must be more disciplined and our leaders must have the right temperament and good character”, Akinlade said.

In response, Adebutu dismissed Ogundele’s remarks as mere “sour grapes” from someone seeking personal gain.

Through his spokesperson, Afolabi Orekoya, Adebutu expressed his indifference towards Ogundele’s allegations and stated that he would not engage in a back-and-forth exchange with him.

“The chairman is just on his own. Out of 57 state executive council members, if it is only the chairman who is saying that, then you know that there is more to it.

“We are not joining issues with him, he is the only one on that journey, he was the only state executive member that was at the meeting out of 57. That is to tell you that it is more of his thinking.

“Was it Adebutu that went to disrupt or cause violence at Sagamu where elections were destroyed? Was it Adebutu who gave the judgments at the courts?

“He (Ogundele) is crying foul because of his gain and enterprise, we are not perturbed, and we are not surprised.”


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