The first executive governor of Osun State, Senator Isiaka Adeleke, on Thursday, in Osogbo, stormed the state’s Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) secretariat, with his supporters, where he formally declared his intention to contest the August 9, Osun governorship election, on the platform of the party.
He also picked the intention form to contest in the party’s governorship primary election slated for April 5, 2014, after paying a sum of N5million cheque to the PDP’s state executive.
Senator Adeleke, a native of Ede, came to limelight in Osun State politics, when he was elected governor in 1992 on the platform of Social Demoractic Party (SDP) and left office in 1993, when the Third Republic was truncated.
While addressing a crowd of supporters that converged on the PDP state secretariat, Gbongan Road, Osogbo, the state capital, to witness his collection of intention form, Adeleke hinted that he was compelled into the race by some leaders of the party.
Adeleke, who was elected a senator in April, 2007 and served out a term, leaving office in 2011, said that he was not initially interested in contesting for the post of a governor, but for several emissaries from within PDP family in the state and outside, who believed the party needs him to dislodge Governor Rauf Aregbesola through votes in the forthcoming election.
He, however, described as untrue allegation that he had not been a financial member of PDP since leaving office as a senator in 2011, explaining that he spent a substantial amount to mobilise for PDP during the recently concluded continuos voters registration exercise in his senatorial district.
Said Adeleke, “The speculation that I am in this race to cause crisis and scuttle chances of PDP in the governorship election was untrue. The leaders of our party that compelled me into this race will ensure whoever is angry is prevailed upon as only a united PDP can wrestle power from the APC in this state”.
He added: “I don’t foresee crisis. I am a member of PDP and I have still have right to aspire for any position I like on the platform of the party. I believe our party has internal mechanism to resolve whatever issues that emanate in the course of conducting its primary election.”
He expressed optimism that if he secures the PDP ticket, he address myriads of problems created by the incumbent administration, adding that he would run a transparent government that will ensure active population are gainfully employed through agriculture.