The Deputy Governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ogun State, Hon. Adekunle Akinlade, has described as a blessing in disguise, the omission of all Ogun PDP candidates on the list released by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
Saga Gist has reported that INEC had refused to include the names of Hon. Ladi Adebutu and his running mate, Akinlade on its list of candidates, following a court order nullifying all PDP primaries in the state.
But in a statement, Akinlade said the determination and comradeship being displayed by members of the party across the state is a welcome development.
According to him, his greatest challenge since he joined the PDP from the All Progressives Congress, APC, has been to find a common drive to propel everyone, regardless of interest, to work for the success of the party; saying “the judgement did just that and more.”
Reacting to assertions that members of some political parties in the State are jubilating over the INEC list, Akinlade said: “Only an idiot will go lay inside a hut made of dry woods and leaves when his neighbour’s hut is on fire.”
Akinlade, who was the 2019 gubernatorial candidate of the Allied People’s Movement (APM), noted that “pre-election matters are dynamic, especially under the present 2022 Electoral Act.”
He clarified that “Ogun PDP candidates were not disqualified or substituted, but were merely asked to go and redo the primaries.”
The former lawmaker disclosed that the PDP at the national level has decided to appeal the ruling by filing Notices of Appeal and Stay of Execution.
“It takes the grace of God to identify the battles to fight and the ones to walk away from,” Akinlade concluded in parables.