Adekunle Akinlade, former governor Ibikunle Amosun’s anointed candidate in the 2019 governorship election, has emerged the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, deputy governorship candidate ahead of next year’s election.
The governorship candidate of the Allied Peoples Movement in the 2019 election, dumped the ruling All Progressives Congress last week after he lost to the imcubent governor, Dapo Abiodun.
Akinlade on Friday, went into a closed-door meeting with the PDP State Executive members as well as the PDP governorship candidate, Ladi Adebutu at the party’s secretariat in Abeokuta.
He said, “This decision was not an easy one to take. It might not be the most popular decision to take, but I believe it is absolutely necessary. Where we have found ourselves today in Ogun State, the maladministration in Ogun State needs that every sensible indigene of this state must be ready to make sacrifice, must be ready to do whatever takes to change the course and the trajectory of government come 2023.
“In 2019, I ran for the governorship of this state under APM and my brother and this great party PDP stood by me and it reflected clearly in the result of that election.
“We will do everything we can to make sure that this party becomes victorious come 2023. We will work morning and afternoon, we will work in the night, we will work round the clock. We have done it before under 90 days, now we have seven months to do this.
“I have sat down with everybody, I have gone round, I have consulted, like I said, this was not an easy decision that for the development of Ogun state, to save the state.
“Things are falling apart in the state, people are being killed, cultists have taken over the state.
“I know what my role is as the deputy governor, I will stand with you, I will stand by you and I will stand behind you. I will give you my advice where necessary, but it is your prerogative to take the advice but I will do my best to make sure that PDP claim victory.”