President Goodluck Jonathan and the National Chairman of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, Alhaji Adamu Mu’azu, have appealed to the former Governor of Osun State, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola not to work for the All Progressives Congress in the August 9 governorship election in the state.
A source close to the meeting the President and Mu’azu had with Oyinlola at the presidential villa in Abuja on Tuesday, said the former governor was pleaded with to support the PDP during the election.
The source, who pleaded anonymity because he was not authorized to speak on the issue, said Oyinlola was asked to support the candidate of the party, Sen. Iyiola Omisore for the election.
He said, “The President pleaded with him to support Omisore and the party and also to help in the campaign for the party.
”The President told him that he would want him (Oyinlola) to be present at the party’s campaign when he would be coming in order to give an assurance that he is with the PDP.”
In response to the demand by Oyinlola that he be reinstated as the national secretary of the party as ordered by the Court of Appeal, the President was said to have said that the issue would be looked into.
It was also gathered that the President did not make any commitment on whether the PDP would be asked to withdraw its appeal on the issue,which is pending at the Supreme Court.
Because of this, it was gathered that the former governor and his supporters were of the opinion that the President and the party wanted to use them to win the election and later abandon them.“We know the gimmick. We know the politics. We also know what they are up to.
They want us to be committed to them and later abandon us. We are wiser,” the source added.Our correspondent also gathered that the President and the leadership of the party were not ready to trade away the current occupier of the office of the national secretary, Prof. Wale Oladipo , who is the candidate of Omisore and Alhaji Buruji Kashamu.
While Kashamu is the financier of the party in the South-West, Omisore is also a close confidant of the President who also nominated the Minister of Police Affairs, Alhaji Jelili Adesiyan.