Former Governor of Osun State, Isiaka Adeleke, has withdrawn from today’s, April 5, primary election of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to elect the governorship candidate of the party.
Adeleke disclosed his withdrawal from the primaries ?at a ?press conference held at his ?residence in Ede on Friday evening.
The former governor joined the governorship race less than a month ?ago and his withdrawal from the race would likely come as a shock to many of his supporters.
The primaries will now hold for Senator Iyiola Omisore, Senator Olasunkanmi Akinlabi and Mr. Wole Oke.
Adeleke alleged that he was assaulted on Wednesday night.
Adeleke said ?There will likely be a breakdown of law and order if I participate in the primary election. Therefore, I am announcing that I will boycott tomorrow?s primaries. Why should I allow somebody possessed by the devil to waste the lives of our people because I want to be governor?
?A minister has continued to ?threaten that he would waste so many lives in the primaries.
?I am boycotting the primaries, I will participate when our party decides to conduct ?a free, fair and violence-free ?primaries. But I will work for the success of President Goodluck Jonathan ?in 2015.?
A ?former Minister of Youth Development, Senator Akinlabi Olasunkanmi, ?had on Thursday condemned the conduct of the ward congresses of the party alleging ?that it was manipulated to favour one of the aspirants.
Olasunkanmi said this in a statement ?by the Director, Media and Strategy of his campaign organisation, Mr. Ayo Aluko-Olokun.
He said that the election ?did not hold in more than 16 local government areas of the state, adding that he had appealed against it and sent same to the appeal committee of the party.
He said that he had filed an appeal before the appeal committee of the party.