ABEOKUTA – Ahead of the March 11 governorship and state House of Assembly elections in Ogun state, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has formed an alliance with 10 other political parties to unseat Governor Dapo Abiodun.


The party admitted that it cannot beat the APC alone at the polls without the collaboration and support of other political parties.


The party joining forces with PDP are: Accord Party (AP), Action Alliance (AA), Action Democratic Party (ADP), All Peoples Party (APP), Allied People’s Movement (APM), Because Of Our Tomorrow (BOOT party), African Action Congress (AAC), Young Progressive Progressive Party (YPP) Labour Party (LP) and the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP).


Addressing members of the 10 political parties on Friday in Abeokuta, the PDP Governorship candidate, Hon. Ladi Adebutu said the move became imperative following the outcome of the Presidential and National Assembly elections last Saturday.


Adebutu, who was flanked by his deputy governorship candidate, Adekunle Akinlade, accused the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) of rigging the last election, vowing that, the PDP would not allow the party to rig them out of the governorship election again.


He called on members of the parties to join forces with the PDP to unseat Abiodun, the Governorship candidate of APC, saying Abiodun’s victory would mark the end of Ogun State.


Adebutu said, “If we don’t act our role and we allow him (Abiodun) again, if we allow him to fulfill his desire to be Governor, we would have failed and that will be the end of Ogun State, we would have lost the opportunity to save the State.


“If Peter Obi and Abubakar Atiku had worked together, we would have won the election even despite all the rigging and that is why we must have the confluence, we must have the association we are having today.


“We must unite, as pieces of one another we will not get anywhere. These people (APC) are in government, they have the power of incumbency, and naturally, they have more money.


“We can help save the situation by coming together and saving Ogun State. Nine parties plus PDP means 10, 10 of us joined together can make a success of it.


“We are all together and in being together we will all be co-partners in this movement, we must know that we are fighting for the life of our State, not only our political lives, we are fighting for the life of our State, we are fighting for the welfare and well-being of our people.


“We shall win because even where the system failed, we are ready to mend and plug the difference. We know what they (APC) did and we shall make sure what they did will not work this time.”


On his part, Akinlade accused Abiodun of planning to rig the Governorship and State Assembly elections.


Akinlade said, “PDP alone cannot beat APC in Ogun State. We need to be ready to share. We need to collaborate with other parties.


“What is important is that we win and rescue Ogun State. This election, it is clear that Abiodun is going to rig. What happened last Saturday is possible again, but we will not allow them to do it again.


“This is why we need to collaborate to make rigging impossible for them. Rigging is possible where there is no collaboration. We cannot do alone.”


Speaking to journalists, the Ogun state chairman, Action Alliance (AA), Mr. Sanyaolu Abayomi said the party decided to team up with Hon. Adebutu for good governance in Ogun state.


Sanyaolu said APC government has deprived the people of the state access to good governance, hence, the need to form alliances with other parties in the state.


Meanwhile, the Labour Party’s House of Representatives candidate for Abeokuta South Federal Constituency, Mr. Tolulope Philips has declared his readiness and intention to work with Hon. Adebutu for the governorship election.


Philips disclosed this on Friday when the PDP governorship candidate paid him a courtesy visit to his campaign office.



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