Mr Pelumi Olajengbesi, an aspirant for the House of Representatives seat in Oriade/Obokun Federal Constituency, Osun State under platform of the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP), says report that the party has endorsed a sole candidate is untrue and misleading.
Olajengbesi, in a statement on Sunday in Abuja, said such report was not only false but an insult to the sensibilities of PDP members world over.
According to him, he is still in the race and also committed to winning a free and fairly contested party primary as a prelude to the election into the seat.
The legal practitioner urged the public to discountenance such report, adding that he believed PDP would uphold equity and fairness as well as a level playing ground for all.
“It has come to my notice that a certain claim in circulation has it that a sole candidate has been endorsed and adopted the party leaders in Ijesha North for Oriade/Obokun Federal Constituency in the National Assembly.
“ Such a false story has provoked the need to make a reply for records sake and in the interest of our dear party, the PDP.
“Diligent investigation has revealed that the above claim is false, baseless and the mischief of some who do not wish the party well.
“The party executives in Oriade/Obokun Federal Constituency who are said to have endorsed the sole candidature have adamantly refuted such claims and spoken to the contrary.
“The party leadership, through its Chairman, has also come out to debunk this news making the rounds in the media as contrived and not representing the true state of affair of the party with regards to the election for next year.’’
Olajengbesi reassured his supporters that he was still in the race and upbeat on winning the election.
He said that the candidate that was reported to have been picked as sole candidate had yet to declare his ambition to contest for the same position again within the party.
According to him, anyone interested in bearing the party’s mandate in an election is bound by the spelt out parameters for the primaries and main election.
“Any action taken independent of such laid down procedures is contempt and in spite of the party, its constitution and its members, and would be resisted by all possible means.
The public is advised to disregard any and all such claims now and in the weeks/months leading to the party primary as no consensus party has been adopted by the party.
“The party’s ticket is yet in contest and would be decided in favor of one of all contesting candidates in a party primary slated for later this year and conducted in a free, fair and unbiased atmosphere.
“Kindly discountenance all mischievous attempts to rubbish the party’s efforts in Oriade/Obokun.
“The party remains committed to equity and fair play, and we must all accept its assurances in good faith,’’ he said.