Friday 5 July 2024

PDP Youths Call for Removal of Senator Oyewumi As Senate Deputy Minority Leader Over Vote-buying Confession, Others...... By Uche Onuh

A support group in the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP Youths for Restoration ( PYFR), have called on the current Deputy Minority Leader of the party in the Senate, Senator Kamarudeen Olalere Oyewumi, to resign his minority leader appointment over what they described as his confession of vote-buying and violence-inciting statement during the 2022 and 2023 elections in Osun State.


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In a statement signed by the President of the group, Comrade Suleiman Adamu and Secretary, Hon. Donatus Nwoga, Senator Oyewumi has brought national and international embarrassment to the party with his recent confession and conduct.

According to them, "the position of the Deputy Minority Leader is a sensitive and hallowed position reserved for politicians with probity and electoral value. 

"The two trending videos, where the Senator is captured confessing that he instructed his agents to buy votes for him during the 2023 senatorial elections coupled with his open campaign that his supporters should maim and attack members of the opposition, are troubling and have projected our Party, the PDP, in bad light in the comity of decent democrats. Vote buying and violence incitement are two offences prohibited by the 2022 Electoral Act in sections 22 and 93 respectively which are punishable by imprisonment.

The group said the report about the credibility and electoral relevance of the Osun senator leave much to be desired. 

"Senator Oyewumi, we learnt, has not really added quality to the PDP electoral fortune in Osun State. The Party lost heavily in his hometown in the last governorship election in the state. In the 2019 election when he was the senatorial candidate, he also lost out and only managed to win in the town with just 237 votes. In the last election, which has now become controversial on his own account, he had to depend on votes from Ede, the hometown and stronghold of Gov. Ademola Adeleke, the Osun State governor, to scale through.

The group also expressed its discomfort about the report coming from the opposition party in the state linking Senator Oyewumi to the murder of one Saheed Oyegunle, a ward treasurer of the APC in Ikire, Irewole LGA of Osun State.

"Oyegunle was said to have been whisked away on a motorcycle by political thugs linked to Senator Oyewumi, at a date before the last senatorial election. Before his body was later found on the outskirt of Ikire. The circumstances of the death are too troubling for any decent human to keep quiet about.

"We are troubled that this kind of character, who have consistently failed to lift the political fortune of the PDP in his hometown, is the one enjoying the leadership role in the Senate.

The group finally appealed to the PDP Caucus in the Senate to replace the controversial senator, if he fails to toe the line of honour himself, with a more decent and politically popular Senator from the South West, most possibly from Osun State. 

"It is time for our Party to restore decency to our fold, the virtue for which we were known in the time past," the group concluded.

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