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2015: Ogun PDP wont collaborate with LP

Published by The Nation on Thu, 28 Aug 2014

Ogun State Peoples Democratic Party (PDP Chairman Chief Bayo Dayo spoke on reconcliation in the chapter and preparations for next years elections. Assistant Editor LEKE SALAUDEEN met him.Have the Ogun PDP executive committee reconciled with the Jubril Martin Kuyes group'I dont belong to any group. The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ogun State is one. Martins Kuye was our leader, right from the inception of this party and he is still our leader. A leader would expect his followers to be great. I am a great man today in the PDP through the influence of Prince Buruji Kashamu. I expect Kuye to feel happy about that. When a teacher sees his student making progress, he should be happy with it. Kuye has never for one day left the party. He is one of our prominent leaders in Ogun State and the Southwest. Since he is still in PDP, you should expect that we are working v together for the progress of the party.Is your executive keeping in touch with former President Olusegun Obasanjo'He is our political father in Ogun State and Nigeria at large. But, I cannot tell you that he is not working for the interest of the PDP. I dont know his mind. God has been so merciful to Obasanjo. He is the luckiest politician in Nigeria today. He had ruled this country as a military officer and twice as civilian President on the platform of the PDP. I will expect someone who has been so lucky like him to show gratitude to God. He should devote the rest of his life praising God, since he has reached the climax of his political career. We in the Ogun PDP have nothing against him. If he calls me, I will answer him. But, what are we going to discuss' We have different opinions on political issues.Would the Ogun PDP work together with Otunba Gbenga Daniels Labour Party (LP) in 2015 for President Jonathan'If Otunba Gbenga Daniel and his followers really love President Jonathan, they should join the PDP. If they are serious about working for the success of Dr. Jonathan at the poll in 2015, they should switch over to where they belong initially. The blood of the PDP is still running in the veins of Daniel and his group. They should come back to their base and be part of the big family. The issue is, if you love me, you should love my dog. If they love Dr. Jonathan, they should work for other PDP candidates in 2015. Our National Chairman, Alhaji Adamu Muazu, has assured us that the party will grant waiver to those returning to the party so that they can contest elections in 2015. He has asked us to recommend such people to the National Working Committee for necessary action. I see no reason why OGD, who as the governor on the platform of the PDP, led other political office holders to build the party secretariat, the best so far in the Southwest, to now turn a tenant in Abeokuta. There is no reason why we cannot work together. He was my leader and he is still my leader in every aspect, except in age.Have you zoned the partys governorship ticket to a particular senatorial district'We have never zoned our governorship ticket to any zone. For instance, in 1999, Senator Martins Kuye from Ogun East and Mrs Titi Ajanaku from Ogun Central slugged it out at the primaries and Kuye emerged as the winner. In 2003, we had Gbenga Daniel, Doyin Okupe and Col. Shoda from Ogun East; Femi Majekodunmi and Captain Raji from the Central; Jide Taiwo and the late Arojo from Ogun West. Daniel won the shadow election. In 2007, it was Daniel versus Lekan Ojo from Ogun West. Again Daniel picked the ticket. In 2011, the likes of Gboyega Isiaka, Gen. Idowu Olurin from Ogun West and Sarafa Ishola from Ogun Central contested for the ticket, which was eventually won by Olurin. The tickets for elective offices are competitive.How many aspirants have obtained forms for the governorship election'We have received four letters of intent. We have not announced the modalities for the collection of forms. We have received letters fromChief Kayode Amusan, Alhaji Rafiu Ogunleye, Hon Abiodun Akinlade and Hon Sikirullahi Ogundele. We also heard from the grapevine that the former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Dimeji Bankole, is also interested.Is Prince Buruji Kashamu running'Kashamu has not written us a letter to that effect and he has not told us that he isgoing to contest.What method would you adopt in picking the governorship candidate'We shall rely on the party guidelines and the constitution. We dont do things arbitrarily in the PDP. We follow due process. We shall create a level playing field for all contestants to prove their popularity in the party. We shall be transparent in the process so that whoever emerges would be acceptable to other contestants.How prepared is Ogun PDP for the next general elections'If the Independent National Electoral Commission calls for election in Ogun State today, the PDP will win. We have defectors from opposition parties like Alhaji Ogunleye and Hon Akinlade from the All Progressives Congress (APC). The Labour Party has broken into pieces. Some of their leaders like Elder Yemi Akinyemi, Hon Waliu Taiwo and Boye Adesina are now in the PDP. The Labour Party now exists in Daniels political domain. As at now, we dont have prominent members of the PDP leaving for another party.Now that Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola has defected to the APC, will Ogun PDP still go ahead with the case at the Supreme Court'Since he has gone to the APC, all our lawyers have to do is to inform the court of the new development and probably ask the court to discontinue the case.What do you think is responsible for your partys victory in Ekiti governorship election'The victory was largely because of the popularity and acceptability of our candidate, Ayodele Fayose, and the fact that the incumbent government was not close to the grassroots.Are you disturbed by the PDPs loss in Osun State'In democracy, you win some elections and lose some. No matter how powerful you are, you cant win every election. We have learnt our lessons from Osun. The PDP executive and the candidate, Iyiola Omisore, did a lot to win the election. But, winning an election is determined by the acceptability of the candidate and his programme. All the party can do is to assist the candidate. All party leaders in Osun, especially those that had contested election before and won, have to work together for the progress of the party. Notwithstanding the Osun result, the PDP in Ogun State remains strong and confident. Ogun State is different from Osun State. So,also are the issues and personalities involved.Why has the PDP Southwest not held its congress' The answer lies with the National Working Committee (NWC) of our party. It is the committee that has the final say on it. If they ask us to hold the congress today, we are ready. If they want the caretaker committee to continue to remain in office till 2015, so be it.]]>
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