PDP can­di­date warns against name sub­sti­tu­tion

Weekly Trust - - News - Saawua Terzungwe

The PDP se­na­to­rial can­di­date for Ondo North Se­na­to­rial Dis­trict of Ondo State, Oluse­gun Philip­sA­longe, has warned the party’s lead­er­ship in the state against sub­sti­tut­ing his name on the list to be pre­sented to INEC for the 2019 gen­eral elec­tions.

Alonge, who gave this warn­ing in a state­ment in Abuja yes­ter­day, said he was sur­prised that the state PDP chair­man, Cle­ment Faboyede, could con­tem­plate the idea of sub­sti­tut­ing his name for an as­pi­rant that was de­feated in the pri­mary elec­tion.

“The is­sue of name sub­sti­tu­tion started like a rumour after I had won the pri­mary with 339 votes while Tokunbo Modupe and Saka Lawal scored 280 and 94 votes re­spec­tively. All fran­tic ef­forts so far made to reach out to the state party chair­man have been re­buffed. It is most re­gret­table that Engr. Cle­ment Faboyede has re­fused to pick my sev­eral calls since the rumour of name sub­sti­tu­tion be­gan,” he said.

Alonge said he was pre­pared to use all le­gal means to guard his man­date, not­ing that the state party chair­man is ex­pected to play the role of an un­bi­ased ar­biter, uni­fier and a ma­jor bridge builder in the pro­cesses lead­ing to 2019 gen­eral elec­tions and refrain from any act of in­jus­tice and in­equal­ity ca­pa­ble of mak­ing the elec­torates to lose faith in the party.

Alonge also drew the at­ten­tion of the PDP Na­tional Chair­man, Prince Uche Se­con­dus and other mem­bers of the Na­tional Work­ing Com­mit­tee of the party to the mat­ter.

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