By Oladipupo Sefiu
I have received so many disturbing calls since the news of exit of Akin Ogunbiyi from PDP broke out.
For all crisis that has rocked the party since 2018, you’ll always find this man or his agents at the centre of it, from writing of petition against party members to rigorous media attack of the party and to sponsoring or manipulating the judiciary to victimize party and her members.
The two-category of my callers are those who only want to confirm the authenticity of the news and those who truly care about PDP winning the forthcoming governorship election and for the sake of the people who fall into the latter category on the list and the majority of Osun populace who may be concerned about PDP victory come July 16, it’s important I set the record straight.
Firstly, Ayedire local government where Ogunbiyi hails from is one of the strongholds of PDP in Osun state and in fact, prior the Osun 2018 gubernatorial election when Ogunbiyi contested and gallantly lost to Senator Nurudeen Ademola Adeleke at the primaries, PDP has never lost any election in the local government.
The election result of Ayedire local government government in the 2018, further proved the proverb that an open enemy is better than a false friend to be true.
Shortly after the unpopular Ogunbiyi lost the primary in 2018, a reconciliation committee headed by Senator Bukola Saraki was set up to settle the issues surrounding the primaries and bring all warring parties together to work for the success of the party.
Ogunbiyi claimed to be comfortable with the decision of the reconciliation committee and agreed not to leave the party but to work for the victory of Senator Ademola Adeleke at the poll only to have an unimaginable record from his local government, all were left dumbfounded to see for the first time of PDP losing Ayedire to APC for the spoiler role played by Akin Ogunbiyi in his local government. Maybe, if he has taken the honorable exit as he did now, the party would have gotten a better substitute and not count on a betrayal like Ogunbiyi.
Secondly, for all crisis that has rocked the party since 2018, you’ll always find this man or his agents at the centre of it, from writing of petition against party members to rigorous media attack of the party and to sponsoring or manipulating the judiciary to victimize party and her members.
After succeeding in his spoiler role in 2018, he was never seen again participating in the party activities until two months for the party to choose who flags the party ticket in 2022.
It’s our prayer that others like him who remain in our party retrace their steps and join the moving train or go the way of Ogunbiyi so we won’t have a reoccurrence of 2018 in the party again.