The Ogun State Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has conducted parallel primaries to elect its preferred candidate as the party's flag-bearer in the 2019 election.
Findings by SaharaReporters revealed that the state chapter of the party had been dealing with internal crisis, which led to the emergence of factions.
A faction of the party held an open secret primary election at the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library (OOPL), Abeokuta, to affirm an unopposed candidate, Oladipupo Adebutu.
Meanwhile, another faction held their primary at the PDP secretariat in Ogun State, with two contestants — Bayo Dayo and Wole Adeyanju — although, the latter stepped down for the former.
However, the state chairman of the party, Sikiru Ogundele, insisted that the party remains united.
"With all sense of responsibility, I want to tell you that we have only one PDP in Ogun State. The national body has written letters to INEC, identifying just one party, which is this, under my leadership," he said.
"We have a very responsive aspirant, who will be voted in and be converted as the candidate of the Party for Ogun State governorship election, Ladi Adebutu. We just want to follow the constitutional processes of the party to affirm him as the candidate."
Meanwhile, Oladipupo Adebutu has expressed his pleasure at the fact that he is the preferred candidate, adding that he is not afraid of the other faction, noting that they are not recognised at the national level.