The Sikirulai Ogundele-led faction of the Peoples Democratic Party in Ogun State on Thursday endorsed the governorship candidate of the Allied Peoples Movement, Adekunle Akinlade, for the Saturday’s governorship polls in the state. Ogundele announced the endorsement at a news conference in Abeokuta.
The governorship candidate of the PDP faction, Ladi Adebutu, on Wednesday, failed in his legal bid to nullify the nomination of Senator Buruji Kashamu, who is the Independent National Electoral Commission-recognised PDP candidate for the governorship polls.
Justice Abubakar Shittu of the Federal High Court, Abeokuta, ruling in the case filled by Adebutu, on Wednesday held that the primary election which produced Adebutu as the governorship candidate of the PDP was conducted in violation of the law.
The court, therefore, confirmed Kashamu as the authentic candidate of the PDP in Ogun State.
Ogundele explained that his group had endorsed and declared support for the APM governorship candidate, Akinlade.
He said that Nigerian constitution guaranteed freedom of association and had therefore directed its members across the state to come out en -masse on Saturday and vote for Akinlade.
“Ogun is an important state in Nigeria and our decision has been informed by the need to sustain the state in the area of development which the current administration has initiated.
“Politics is about credibility, responsiveness and integrity, among others and we have found all these qualities in Akinlade.
“We believe that this development will enhance his chances of winning the governorship polls in the state,” he said