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OSUN: Ogunbiyi, Adeleke withdraw from PDP Gov primary

DR Akin Ogunbiyi and Dele Adeleke have withdrawn from the People’s Democratic Party’s governorship primary election for the July 16 governorship poll.

Former Secretary to the State Government, Fatai Akinbade also announced his withdrawal from the primary poll.

Adeleke said he withdrew to work for PDP leadership to win the gubernatorial poll in the state.

He said, “PDP is my party and I am fully ready to work for the party to win the forthcoming gubernatorial election in the state”.

Akinbade in a statement, said he was doing it to respect the decision of the party elders who have named Prince Dotun Babayemi as the preferred aspirant of the party.

To this effect, the former SSG has declared his support for Prince Dotun Babayemi who has been chosen by the party elders.

But Ogunbiyi, while announcing his withdrawal in Osogbo, said he withdrew from the contest because of alleged bias of the PDP national chairman, Senator Iyorchia Ayu.

He said, “It is a very difficult decision for me because of the amount of investment and the hope that my personality and leadership would have given to Osun State.

“But when you have an umpire who is so bias to the extent of planning with the other group, what can you do?

“Senator Ayu has agreed to work with Ademola Adeleke and I am being told that I shouldn’t waste my money and we did everything possible. I can only come to the conclusion to withdraw from the race.”

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