The Federal High Court sitting in Osogbo has confirmed Senator Ademola Adeleke as the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the forthcoming governorship election.
The election is scheduled for July 16.
Dotun Babayemi contested Adeleke’s candidacy, asking the court to recognise him as the party’s candidate. However, Justice Nathaniel Emmanuel recognised the PDP primary governorship election that produced Adeleke as the candidate.
Dotun Babayemi, a factional gubernatorial candidate of the party emerged as a gubernatorial candidate during the March 9, 2022, gubernatorial primary led by Wale Ojo Osun held at WOCDIF Centre, Osogbo.
The two factions have settled rift on Sunday.
In a statement made available by Olawale Rasheed on behalf of Senator Adeleke after the peace meeting held on Sunday, it was revealed that the move was in line with Adeleke’s philosophy of brotherhood and partnership for all in the interest of the Osun people.
The meeting which was brokered by the national leadership of the party, it was gathered was aimed at seeking a united front for the PDP to ensure a landslide victory for the PDP in the guber poll.
Adeleke who declared that he was in support of inclusive efforts geared towards electoral victory for the party stressed that defeating the APC was the most important task before all the party leaders.
In his words, “I support an all-inclusive effort towards electoral victory.
“To this end, I welcome my colleagues who may be aggrieved for one reason or the other. As I always reiterated, we are not enemies but the same political family with a common political enemy. Defeating the APC is therefore the most important task before all leaders of PDP for now.
“As our national chairman always noted, Osun is a gateway to PDP victory at 2023. Our victory in Osun is the much-needed energy for the party to win national elections. We are therefore calling on all our leaders to forget the bickering of the past and join hands to record success in July.”
Meanwhile, Kayode Oladeji, the Media Director for the Babayemi Campaign Organisation disclosed that the meeting had nothing to do with the disagreement over the gubernatorial primary of the party.