A faction of the Peoples Democratic Party in Ogun State loyal to a member of the House of Representatives, Oladipo Adebutu, has reportedly adopted the governorship candidate of the Allied Peoples Movement, Adekunle Akinlade.
There had been earlier reports that Adebutu had endorsed the APC candidate, Dapo Abiodun, which have now been contradicted by this new development.
However, Today’s Echo is yet to verify both events.
This is also happening few hours after former state governor and Deputy National Director of PDP presidential campaign, Gbenga Daniel endorsed Dapo Abiodun.
According to unverified sources, the Adebutu faction had, after a closed-door meeting with the APM leaders on Thursday announced the adoption of Akinlade as its candidate.
The state Governor, Ibikunle Amosu, who was elected senator on the platform of the All Progressives Congress on February 23, is supporting Akinlade]
The factional state Chairman of the PDP, Sikirulahi Ogundele, announced Akinlade’s adoption shortly after the meeting between the leaders of the APM and the PDP faction.
The meeting, which was attended by the Director-General of the APM, Sarafa Ishola; Akinlade, Ogundele and Adebutu, was held in a hotel in Abeokuta.
Adebutu, who is a factional governorship candidate of the PDP in the state, had accused the Vice-President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo, of sponsoring Senator Buruji Kashamu.
Kashamu, the senator representing Ogun East, has been recognised by the Independent National Electoral Commission as the governorship candidate of the PDP in Ogun State.
After the meeting between the PDP and the APC leaders, Ogundele told journalists that the faction remained intact and that it only adopted Akinlade as the governorship candidate for the poll on Saturday.
The adoption came 24 hours after the Federal High court in Abeokuta affirmed Kashamu as the PDP governorship candidate.
Ogundele said members of the faction would mobilise support for Akinlade in all the local government areas of the state.
He said, “Politics is all about responsiveness. Politics is about being upright. So, we found all these qualities in Akinlade, and as I speak with you, all the state executive members, local government executive members and ward executive members have graciously adopted the candidature of Abdulkabir Akinlade.”