Ahead of the 2023 general elections , the leadership of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the South – West has reaffirmed that Hon. Oladipupo Adebutu remained the only recognized governorship candidate of the party in Ogun state.
Speaking at the party secretariat in Abeokuta while welcoming decampees from the All Progressives Congress APC and other parties, the party leaders noted that has continued to contribute immensely to the growth of the party.
The PDP South-West leaders who spoke included Eddy Olafeso, former South West PDP Chairman
And Clement Faboyede, the former Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ondo State.
They explained that PDP South-West remained one indivisible entity and very progressive.
The PDP leaders affirmed Adebutu as the only governorship candidate recognized by the party.
“With a PDP governor, Ogun state will witness a new dawn . Over two decades Adebutu has been in the fore front , stabilizing, propelling PDP in Ogun state,” the said.
OgunToday reports that the defectors were loyalists of former Gov. Segun Osoba, former Gov. Ibikunle Amosun, and sitting Gov. Dapo Abiodun.
Other decampees to the PDP resigned their membership of the Labour Party (LP), the Allied Peoples Movement (APM), the Peoples Redemption Party (PRP), the Social Democratic Party (SDP) and the African Democratic Congress (ADC).
They declared support for Adebutu.
The decampees were received amid funfair by the State Chairman, Mr Sikirulai Ogundele, Adebutu and other leaders of the PDP in the state.
The decampees were led by a former Deputy Speaker of the state’s House of Assembly, Mr Tola Banjo from Amosun’s group; Saka Ahmed from Osoba’s group and Yinka Asaye from Gov. Abiodun’s group.
Other decampees were the governorship candidate of LP at the 2019 election, Mrs Modupe Sanyaolu and former councillors in the Amosun-led administration between 2016 and 2019.
Handing over the PDP flag to the decampees, Ogundele assured them that they would not regret joining the PDP.
In his remarks, PDP’s deputy governorship candidate for 2023, Abdulkabir Akinlade said the PDP would defeat the APC in 2023 and also send it to its early retirement in Ogun.
On his part, Adebutu said that he would tackle insecurity, unemployment, bad roads and ensure provision of quality healthcare in the state.
Adebutu urged aggrieved members of the APC and members of other opposition parties to join the PDP in defeating APC at the next election.
He assured the decampees of fairness, saying “everyone has equal rights in the PDP.’’