2019: I won’t surrender my mandate, Adebutu declares

Factional Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate, in Ogun state, Oladipupo Adebutu, has declared he would not be frustrated by the antics of some chieftains of the party and abandon his mandate as the legitimate governorship candidate of the party.
Adebutu, declared this on Friday while featuring on a live telecast programme in Lagos and monitored by our correspondent in Abeokuta, Ogun State capital.
According to him, activities of Sen. Buruji Kashamu, through his purported state Exco led by Bayo Dayo, to strip him of the party ticket would amount to nothing.
Saturday Sun recalls that Kashamu-backed faction, through a Federal High Court order, compelling the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to recognise list of candidates presented to it by Dayo-led group of Ogun PDP.
In compliance with court order, INEC during the week, wrote the office of the National Chairman of PDP, Uche Secondus, to officially notify the party it would only recognise and accept list of candidates from Dayo faction.
But Adebutu on Friday, insisted he would fly the party’s governorship flag in 2019, noting he was produced through a primary conducted by the national officials of PDP.
He said, “I’m a member of the PDP constitutionally recognised even by the Supreme Court of the land, and backed by the national secretariat of the party. The people now fighting desperately to upturn the wishes of the people deliberately refused to participate in the primary, how then could they emerge in a process they didn’t participate in.


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