Endorsements for the candidature of Chief Adebayo Adelabu of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Saturday’s governorship election in Oyo State swelled on Thursday with a total of fifteen parties adopting Adelabu’s candidacy, in Ibadan.
While Save Nigeria Congress (SNC) led by its governorship candidate, Awolusi Olusegun, National Conscience Party (NCP) led by its governorship candidate, Mr Micheal Oloyade made their decision known while addressing journalists, a coalition of the 13 political parties in a March 6 letter addressed to state Chairman of APC, Chief Akin Oke expressed their decision to adopt the Adelabu.
Signatories in the March 6 letter included Mr Abimbola Azeez of the Unity Party of Nigeria (UPN); Otunba A. Fagbemi of the Allied Peoples Movement (APM); United Progressive Party (UPP), Hon Sunday Badejo; Grassroots Development Party of Nigeria (GDPN), Mr Abass Oladimeji; and Young Democratic Party (YDP), Mr Chris Ayanniyi.
Others are the Northern Peoples Congress (NPC), Hon Akin Adelekan; Independent Democrats (ID), Chief Wasiu Are; Mr Bolaji Olugbode of the Freedom and Justice Party (FJP), as well as the chairmen of Mass Action Joint Alliance (MAJA), Nigeria Elements Progressive Party (NEPP), Peoples Democratic Movement (PDM), Re-Build Nigeria Party (RBNP) and Democratic People’s Party (DPP).
Speaking on its adoption, Awolusi of the SNC hinged its decision on its assessment of Adelabu boasting of distinguished character, integrity with an understanding of administration and financial prudence.
Speaking further on the party’s decision, Awolusi described Adelabu as a man of wisdom, skill, vision and passion for the continued growth and development of the State.
Awolusi also lauded Adelabu as a man imbued with the wisdom and skill to place Oyo state on the political forefront in the South West.
Speaking in the same vein, Oloyade of the NCP said the party queued behind Adelabu because of his perceived insight and capability to move the state forward, especially help abolish poverty.
Oloyade consequently assured of the party’s resolve to work for the success of Adelabu in Saturday’s election.
Responding to his endorsement, Adelabu affirmed his commitment to implementing programmes that will improve socioeconomic wellbeing of people of the state, if elected governor.