Ladi Adebutu Wins PDP Guber Ticket In Ogun - THE DAILY CRUCIBLE



Thursday, May 26, 2022

Ladi Adebutu Wins PDP Guber Ticket In Ogun

          •Ladi after the primary yesterday

The Daily Crucible | Thursday, May 26, 2022

Former member of House of Representatives, Chief Oladipupo Adebutu, on Wednesday night emerged winner of the Peoples' Democratic Party (PDP) 2023 governorship primary election in Ogun State.

Adebutu who hails from same Iperu town in Ogun East Senatorial district like the incumbent governor Dapo Abiodun of the All Progressives Congress (APC), defeated Otunba Adebisi Jimi Lawal, Otunba Segun Sowunmi and Mr Abodunrin Adeyemi to emerge the winning candidate of Ogun PDP.

At the primary election at the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library, OOPL in Abeokuta Adebutu polled 715 votes, Lawal, Sowunmi and Adegbola had no vote, while 1 vote was declared void. 

The PDP electoral panel, headed by Prof Akase Sorkaa while announcing the result at the late hours of the day said, "of this result Honourable Adebutu Oladipupo is hereby declared the winner" while the shouts of "say LADO" resonated every where within the venue.

He explained, at the end of the exercise that the governorship election he conducted was the only genuine PDP primary election in the state as recognised by the National body of the Party.

Professor Sorkaa said, "the only delegate list that is authentic is the one brought from the PDP headquarters, as you all know this is an internal affair. It is our party affairs in conformity with the Constitution of the Country", he said.

Meanwhile, there was complete pandemonium at the beginning of the exercise which started around 5:pm as it was disrupted following a shouting match and clash over the delegate list.

Trouble started shortly after the chairman of the PDP electoral panel, Prof Akase Sorkaa announced the mode of conduct of the exercise.

A Governorship aspirant Jimi Lawal, who was also present at the venue, disagreed with the delegates list presented by the Electoral Committee, saying his group was given a particular delegate list stamped and approved by INEC

Prof. Akase Sorkaa, told Jimi Lawal that only the National Executive has the powers to release the authentic list of party delegates, urging Jimi Lawal to seek redress where necessary. 

Jimi Lawal then walked out of the venue before voting commenced, leaving his agents behind to witness the voting exercise and be part of the process.

The drama which lasted for over 30 minutes was later subdued as accreditation started and the election went on smoothly, thereafter, while delegates from the 20 local government in the State cast their votes around 8:30pm.

The PDP Governorship candidate elect, Chief Oladipupo Adebutu in his acceptance speech said the victory is dedicated to God Almighty and great people of Ogun State. 

He assured that he will be committed to the development of the state and the growth of the people, thanking all delegates for reposing such confidence in him.

Chief Adebutu expressed satisfaction with the conduct of the exercise, saying he was happy with the election as the candidate of the PDP in Ogun State.

He urged other contenders to close ranks and work together with him for the benefit of the people and the development of the State.

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