Senator Babajide Omoworare, Peter Babalola and the Secretary to the Government of Osun State, Moshood Adeoti, have withdrawn from governorship primaries of the All Progressives Congress in Osun State.
This was as the Governor of Zamfara State, Abdulaziz Yari, who had earlier been reported as having stepped down as chairman of the Osun State APC primaries election has resumed his duties.
The Eagle Online gathered that Governor Yari’s decision to step down on Thursday was in the interim as he had to dash to Abuja to attend the Nigeria Governors Forum and National Economic Council meetings, which held on Friday morning and Thursday evening respectively.
Yari attended the meeting with the Governor of Osun State, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola.
Both of them have returned to Osun State and Yari has resumed as the chairman of the election.
Adeoti in statement announcing his decision not to pursue his ambition again said the primaries was arranged, skewed and designed to favour Alhaji Isiaka Gboyega Oyetola, the cousin of the National Leader of the APC, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
He added that there is no credible register of members with which a free, fair and transparent Direct Primaries could be conducted.
Adeoti’s statement reads in full: “I write most humbly to inform you that I have decided to withdraw from the July 20, 2018, Governorship Primaries of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the following reasons:
“The primaries was arranged, skewed and designed to favour Alhaji Isiaka Gboyega Oyetola, the cousin of the National Leader of our party, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
“There is no credible register of members with which a free, fair and transparent Direct Primaries could be conducted;
“A cooked up register comprising handpicked persons loyal to the emergence of Oyetola was computed, and printed in a firm owned by Oyetola in Lagos;
“The security of lives of my teeming supporters cannot and would not be guaranteed;
“The entire facilities of government in Osun State have been actively used in favour of Oyetola, the ‘anointed’ candidate with clear instructions from Governor Rauf Aregbesola to the exclusion of others;
“While I am not withdrawing from the Governorship race, I have decided not to participate in the July 20, 2019 Direct Primaries of the APC in Osun State for the above stated and other reasons.
“I must add and you will agree that it is inconceivable and unreasonable for me to make myself available to participate in a jaundiced process that was rigged from the onset and designed to make Alhaji Oyetola the candidate of the Osun APC. Having stated the above, I, Alhaji Moshood Olalekan Adeoti, cannot and should not be seen or found as conferring legitimacy on a flawed process designed to produce a predetermined result.