The Osun State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has called on members of the public to disregard attempts by a group within its rank crying foul concerning the leadership issues in the party.
This is as it stated that it has also noted allegations of an attempt to bribe Justice Oke by Deji Adeleke.
In an official statement made available to Nectes Gospel Media and signed by the party’s Media and Publicity Director, Oladele Bamiji, the party stated that since it is aware of the prohibition placed on subjecting matters before the law courts to public discourse, as a law abiding institution, it will not join issues with its detractors.
It maintained that matters for determination before the court were clear but it is trite and incumbent on the party to stand up to the ruinous motive of some elements within their ranks in order to forestall a repeat of distractions being set to entrap the wheel of their determination to reclaim Osun State for the people of the state.
According to the statement, “Such reckless allegation was not only weighty, but should be made to be proven to clear notions making the round that the contracted undertakers have a state configured line of communication with the state’s preferred arbitrator on the matter at hand. This they do basically to cook biles of blackmail on an innocent citizen without a check.
“Refusal of the state judiciary and other relevant agencies of government to take cognisance of this with appropriate steps to address such spurious blackmail can only complicate the eroded confidence of members of the public in the state’s judiciary.
“Recent developments where official documents of court found their way to the media space through a party that has not been served, minutes after being served only on statutory judicial officials in the highest echelon, also calls for a grave concern and diligent investigation.
“For actors in the state judiciary, who are enshrined with sacred privilege of adjudicating on our party leadership issue, we wish to demand a clean process devoid of executive dictates or intimidation.”
The statement accused the ousted chairman of the party, Olasoji Adagunodo, of being in connivance with the ruling party in the state and insisted that they cannot sit back and watch opposition party bankrolled elements destabilise the party without a confrontation.
They also explained that the deposed chairman cannot accuse the party of wrongdoings against him without speaking to evidential facts leading to his unavoidable ouster.
Adagunodo was accused of conniving with the All Progressives Congress (APC) in 2018, which eventually carved the hole of thwarting spirited efforts of the people to reclaim our state from the political felons.
It stated that in line with the rules of engagement of the PDP and in the spirit of a fair hearing, both parties should be allowed a level playing field to shred all evidence bordering on his allegations.
“We are convinced beyond all doubts that the deposed chairman was validly removed from office after his discretional bungling of trust of party members and blatant violation of letters of oath of his office,” it said.
“These in our humble opinion, are matters of evidence which should be allowed to be laid bare as almost all parties to the process are alive and kicking.”
The Osun State chapter of the PDP has been enmeshed in a leadership tussle which has pitted sides clamouring for the re-emergence of Ademola Adeleke as the party flagbearer for the 2022 Osun Gubernatorial Election and those opposing his candidature.