The African Democratic Congress (ADC) in Oyo state has reportedly nullified the governorship candidacy of Senator Olufemi Lanlehin and have resolved to pick a new candidate from among the 13 governorship aspirants.
The decision was taken on Monday by the Chief Ralph Nwosu-led National Working Committee of the party which met in Ibadan to finally settle the lingering crisis over who flies the party’s flag in the 2019 governorship election in the state. Lanlehin’s initial choice had threatened to tear the party apart with court cases, in-fighting and looming defections.
The aspirants had accused the state party leaders which include former governor Rashidi Ladoja and Chief Michael Koleoso of injustice and imposition.
Newspeakonline gathered that the national leadership of the party has asked the 13 aspirants to present a candidate of their choice before Wednesday, October 31, 2018. A source privy to the arrangement however said that candidate might emerge today, Tuesday, October 30.
On how the new candidate will emerge, the source said the proposal on the table is a secret ballot system in which every aspirant will vote for himself and then vote for someone else. The aspirant with the highest number of votes will be declared winner.
The governorship aspirants are:
- Senator Olufemi Lanlehin
- Barrister Sharafadeen Abiodun Alli
- Hon. Festus Wale Adegoke
- Dr. Nureni Adeniran
- Mr. Ayodele Adigun
- Dr. Yunus Akintunde
- Ambassador Taofeek Arapaja
- Senator Gbenga Babalola
- Dr. Mohammed Kola Balogun
- Engineer Aderemi Olaniyan
- Otunba Oluseye Opatoki
- Engineer Aderemi Oseni
- Barrister Ayanlowo Obisesan