Ondo Election: Confusion as SDP candidate supports Akeredolu, running mate backs Jegede.
Four days to the governorship election in Ondo State, the candidate of the Social Democratic Party, Mr Peter Fasua, has withdrawn from the race and declared his support for the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Governor Rotimi Akeredolu.
This came few hours after the Chairman of the SDP, Mr Dele Ogunbameru, led the chairmen of 10 other political parties to announce their support for the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Mr Eyitayo Jegede.
The development implies that the SDP has partly supported the candidates of the two major political parties in the state and that the party no longer has a candidate for the governorship election.
Fasua, while announcing his decision, on Tuesday in Akure, the state capital, said, “I decided to step down and support Governor Akeredolu as I am convinced that my own desires and plans for Ondo State will be achieved totally by Governor Akeredolu.”
The educationist expressed his readiness to mobilise the structure of his party and his supporters across the state for Akeredolu’s re-election. He also announced the donation of campaign coaster buses and other material to the governor’s campaign organisation.
Appreciating the gesture, Akeredolu described Fasua’s decision as another sign of victory for him in the election.
If elected, the governor pledged that his administration would continue to deliver on its promises in all the 18 local government areas of the state and put smiles on the faces of the people of the state.
Meanwhile, the deputy governorship candidate of the SDP, Mrs Rachel Ajayi, has announced her decision to support the PDP.
Ajayi, who spoke in Akure on Tuesday, said she backed the decision of her party to support the PDP in the election, adding that she was not part of the position taken by Fasua.