Prior to the March 18 election, Mr.
Tony Ojeshina, the Social Democratic Party's (SDP) candidate for governor in Ogun State, resigned in order to back Ladi Adebutu of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
This was stated by Ojeshina on Thursday in Abeokuta at a press conference.
He asserts that the SDP and PDP's cooperation will bring about a prosperous period for the populace, based on the lofty goal of making Ogun a model state in Nigeria.
He mentioned that all of the SDP candidates for the state House of Assembly are still running in the March 18 election.
“The political alignment was informed by the need to forge a common front to remove our dear state from the list of misgoverned and impoverished states through simplified and transparent governance processes, with the sole purpose of improving the quality and standard of living of our people,” he said.
He also said that the alignment was hinged on the need to work for the victory of the PDP, noting that he has not left the SDP for the main opposition party.
He said that the cardinal vision of SDP “is to rebirth a new state through social justice and sustainable development.”
He said: “SDP has agreed to work with PDP and other political parties during the gubernatorial election of March 18 to wrestle power from the current deceptive government of APC.”
He nevertheless exhorted the party's supporters and members to support Adebutu, stating that the party was not transferring its members to the PDP but rather only asking them to do so.
“We are not collapsing our structure into PDP; SDP still remains; our house of assembly candidates still remain. We are only stepping down for the PDP governorship candidate for our state to move forward.
“We, therefore enjoin all Ogun State registered voters, as well as supporters and members of our great party, to vote for PDP in the gubernatorial election,” he said.