The Peoples Redemption Party (PRP) has pulled out from the governorship election in Osun State, barely 48 hours into the electoral process.
This was revealed by the National Executive Committee of the party while giving the reason for withdrawing from the race pointed to the lack of political activities by its governorship candidate, Ayowole Adedeji.
Adedeji was accused by the party leadership of staying outside of the country since he won the party’s ticket, adding that he only travelled back to Nigeria two weeks before the election.
The National Secretary of the party, Babatunde Alli noted that a committee has been put in place to investigate Adedeji for soliciting funds for his campaign without holding any.
According to him, “The National Executive Committee of our great party, the PRP has noted with great concern and disappointment, the negative effects of obvious inactivity of the Governorship Candidate of the party in Osun State, MR. Ayowole Adedeji, both on the party structures in Osun State and at the National level.
“The National Executive Committee has therefore considered all options hereby direct the withdrawal of the PRP from the Osun State Governorship Election of 16th July 2022.
“In addition, the State Chapter is hereby directed to set up a 5-man Disciplinary Committee to investigate the Governorship Candidate of the Party for the following:
“Staying abroad since emerging governorship candidate of the party till only two (2) weeks before the election, thereby preventing the party from all campaigns and awareness creation efforts;
“Alleged fund-raising overseas activities without corresponding campaigns in the name of the party at State level. The party particularly considers this allegation very grievous and debasing to the PRP; and
“Alleged attempt to fraudulently trade the party for personal monetary gains thereby embarrassing the party and dragging its good name and principles in the mud.”