Indication has emerged Wednesday morning that the former
the Federal House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Dimeji Bankole may emerge
the governorship candidate of the Social Democratic Party, SDP in Ogun
Secret meetings are ongoing between aggrieved members of
the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP in the state many of whom have
threatened to leave the party for SDP, a mastermind of former governor
and a chieftain of SDP in the state, Chief Olusegun Osoba.
would be recalled that both Bankole and the former governor of the
state, Otunba Gbenga Daniel have lost out in their bid to clinch the
tickets of both the governorship and Ogun East Senatorial ticket of the
Bankole lost the governorship ticket to Prince Gboyega Nadir
Isiaka while Daniel’s bid to become a Senator was scuttled by Prince
Our correspondent can authoritatively report that
the aggrieved PDP chieftains which include the former Speaker, Bamkole,
the former governor, Daniel and a former Minister and Asiwaju of Ago
Iwoye, Chief Jubril Martin Kuye, JMK have met with Osoba and have
reached conclusion on certain matters.
At one of the meetings
which was held at Osoba’s residence in Ibara GRA, Abeokuta, it was
resolved that the governorship ticket will be given to the former
Speaker, Dimeji Bankole as he was referred to as a big fish.
of the governorship aspirants on SDP’s platform in the state confided in
our correspondent and confirmed the new development to PM News
According to the guber aspirant, who does not
want his name in the print, “Yes, there have been several meetings and
at the one of the meetings which I and two other governorship aspirants
were in attendance, the issue of the governorship ticket was extensively
discussed and it was resolved that the ticket be given to Bankole which
three of us conceded to.
“I don’t want to mention any names but I
can confirm to you that I have dropped my intention to contest for the
governorship seat of SDP. I can even remember that at that meeting, the
issue of Ogun East Senatorial ticket was discussed but we dropped the
issue as someone, I don’t remember now declared that Senator Kaka will
never release the ticket to Daniel, so the best thing is to forget about
that and focus on how to win the governorship seat with Bankole as our
candidate,” the source revealed.
The governorship aspirants of the
party include deputy governor of Ogun State, Prince Segun Adesegun;
Senator Akin Odunsi, who is currently representing Ogun West at the
upper chamber in Abuja; Comrade Wale Okunniyi and Senator Gbenga
Obadara’ representing Ogun Central among others.
Feelers from the
camp of the deputy governor of Ogun State, Prince Segun Asesegun, who
declared his intention to contest for the seat on the same day, Governor
Ibikunle Amosun was adopted for the second term in office by the APC
disclosed that the man is not comfortable with the latest development
but he is yet to make any statement concerning the matter.
his close aides told our correspondent on phone this morning that, “we
have heard about the development and what we heard was that Yoga, I
mean, Baba Osoba has concluded plans on that. What we were told was that
the zoning arrangement for the governorship ticket does not favour Ogun
East and any party that field candidates from that district has already
failed before the election.
“The ticket was formally zoned to
Ogun West when GNI was first announced as the candidate for the PDP and
when it became crisis all over the pages of newspapers that he gas been
dropped for Dimeji Bankole,the calculation later switch to the Central
and Obadara was then the favourite, but now with the coming in of
Bankole, between you and I, we know that Bankole has electoral values
“So, if the party has decided to give the ticket to
Bankole, I think, it is a well thought development. Our aim and goal
still remain and that ‘Amosun Must Go’, no more,no less. Oga (Prince
Segun Adesegun) has not said anything about the matter and I believe you
will agree with me that he is real progressive, he will not do anything
that will be detrimental to our desire to send Amosun packing from Oke
Mosan,” one of Adesegun’s aide stated.
When our correspondent
visited the Osoba’s resident in Abeokuta yesterday, it was gathered that
some of the aggrieved members of the PDP were in a meeting with Osoba
and information gathered from the party members within Osoba’s premises
yesterday revealed that arrangement are in top gear to welcome and
declare the former Speaker as the governorship candidate of the party
early next year.
The compound which was littered with buses
painted in SDP colour saw some of the candidates for the State House of
Assembly from various local government coming to discuss their chances
and others signing their withdrawal letters.
Speaking with our
correspondent, one of Bankole’s aide confirmed the development and
disclosed that the discussion with UPN in the state is still ongoing.
source stated that the meetings with the leadership of Unity Party of
Nigeria, UPN in the state has to do with how the party will accommodate
some of the former Speaker’s loyalists who are aspiring for the elective
“It was a misinformation from some quarters that
Bankole is playing anti-party activities. Some newspapers have reported
that we are in talks with both UPN and SDP, it is not true. Rt. Hon.
Dimeji Bankole and other leaders in the PDP are discussing on their own
with the SDP and some of us who are loyalists to Bankole, with his
permission, are in talks with UPN to see if our mission to serve our
people can be achieved.
“Bankole, Daniel, JMK, Salako and other
leaders have been talking with SDP and we were rightly informed on
Monday night that the SDP has resolved to give the governorship ticket
to Bankole, who was a rejected stone in the PDP,” the source confirmed.
unconfirmed information revealed to our correspondent late last night
that some of the campaign vehicles of Dimeji Bankole have been given to
one spray painters around Oluwo area of Abeokuta to be rebranded in SDP
colour and logo.