Hours after embracing Seyi Makinde, governor of Oyo State, at the ongoing governorship primaries of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Hazeem Gbolarumi has said no election took place, revealing that his delegates were chased away.
OYOINSIGHT.COM understands that Gbolarumi, whose 11 months stint as deputy governor was nullified by the supreme court in December 2006, is the only aspirant challenging Makinde’s reflection in the party.
While many had thought Gbolarumi would boycott the primaries, he came but was later given the microphone.
He was quoted as saying that “I have always been a member of PDP and I have no intention of leaving the party. As an elder, I can only guide the party so it doesn’t go the wrong way.
“What is happening here today is what we call politics. It shows that the tenets of democracy stands in Oyo PDP. I urge our members to deviate from anything that will paint the party in a bad light.
“Governor Seyi Makinde is our father. As a human, he is not perfect but let us be bold enough to say the truth to power no matter what the circumstances may be.”
Gbolarumi raised Makinde’s hands, an action that elicited wild jubilations.
When OYOINSIGHT.COM sought clarification from Gbolarumi, through one of his aides, said that he was still in the race and there was no primaries in Oyo.
“For us, since our authentic delegates have been chased away by Auxiliary boys. There is no election and we expect a rerun,” he was quoted as saying.