A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Hon. David Ayodele Asalu, has called for an end to the campaign of calumny targeted at governorship aspirant in the party, saying the action was a calculated attempt to weaken the party towards the forthcoming gubernatorial election in Osun State.
Hon. Asalu made the call in a statement he personally signed on Thursday, noting that those opposed to the candidature of Senator Nurudeen Ademola Adeleke “went too with the outright falsehood and blackmails they have employed in their push to stop him from contesting the party’s primary”.
The PDP chieftain, who blamed fifth columnists for the turn of events in the party, however, called on leaders of the opposition party across board to weigh the price of a fragmented party into the election and speak out against those with destructive mission.
“Those who want our Party (PDP) to fail in the upcoming election are busy spewing falsehoods against Senator Adeleke and ignite a crisis that will make it impossible for us to focus,” he said in the statement, adding that “This will never benefit anyone except for the marauders who are obviously working for the APC,” he stated.
Hon Asalu further enjoined PDP members to support any aspirant of their choice without causing acrimony, saying doing otherwise will be “a betrayal to the sacrifices of members and multitude of Osun people who daily anticipate the return of a PDP government.
“The upcoming election is not about an individual, and infact, our party, but the People of Osun who rely on our platform to take them out of the miserable conditions that the APC bad governance over the years had led them,” he added.
The PDP chieftain also called on five other aspirants in the party to speak out against the needless falsehoods and biles targeted at one of them, saying the move will convince larger members of the PDP that they do not encourage the shameful attitude of a professional blackmailer.
“We have to be careful not to play into the hands of the APC. They want to divide us and the only way to show they did not succeed is if we all reject the message of their agents in our midst, and come together irrespective of our difference,” Asalu noted.