As preparation for emergence of its Osun governorship candidate began yesterday, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has reaffirmed its position not to impose candidate or engage in any impunity capable of jeopardizing its chances in the September 22 gubernatorial polls.
The party as well charged all its aspirants warming up for the party primary to test their popularity while the party provide a level play ground for all.
National Organising Secretary of the party, Col. Austin Akobundu (rtd) gave the advice when an aspirant, Mr Adejare Bello, collected nomination and expression of interest form at the party’s National Secretariat in Abuja.
Akobundu advised the aspirant to go to the delegates to test their popularity, saying that the party’s leadership, as an unbiased umpire, would provide level playing-field to all aspirants.
“This, we have demonstrated during the just-concluded congresses in places where there was no preferred candidate.
“We promise, as a covenant that we have taken, there will be no impunity and imposition of candidate.
“Our appeal to you and other aspirants that will come is to go and demonstrate your popularity to the people of Osun.”
He urged Bello, , to be ready to accept the outcome of the primary as a winner must emerge to be the party’s candidate.
“I appeal that if you lose, you should demonstrate the spirit of sportsmanship to embrace defeat.
“Vying for a position is a matter of destiny; whatever comes, take it in good faith.
“At the end, you should know that if anybody wins, the party was not there to impose any candidate; therefore aspirants should take it in good faith. There will be no victor no vanquish,” Akobundu said.
Speaking with newsmen, Bello said that with the right candidate, PDP would win the governorship race in the state.
Bello, who was the first aspirant to obtain the party’s form for the primary election was a former speaker of Osun House of Assembly, said “in fact, the PDP has very little campaign to do.
The campaign for PDP to be in Osun has been done largely by the APC with its maladministration, going by what the people are experiencing.
“What PDP needs now is right candidate for the election to fly its flag. Apart from that, I don’t think there is any problem.”