Peter Fasua, the candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), has backed the re-election bid of Governor Rotimi Akeredolu ahead of the October 10 Ondo State governorship election.
Fasua, while announcing his decision, on Tuesday in Akure, the state capital, also revealed that he was backing out of the race.
“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,” he said.
He promised to mobilise his supporters across the state for Akeredolu’s re-election.
Fasau also donated campaign coaster buses and other material to the governor’s campaign organisation.
Meanwhile the Chairman of the SDP, Mr Dele Ogunbameru, has led chairmen from 10 other political parties to announce their support for the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr Eyitayo Jegede.
This is coming as the deputy governorship candidate of the SDP, Mrs Rachel Ajayi, also declared that she will be backing the PDP candidate for the Ondo election.
Speaking on Tuesday, Rachel Ajayi rejected Fasua’s decision to support Governor Akeredolu.
“I am a party person and I queue behind any position taken by my party and its leadership. The party has decided to support the Peoples Democratic Party as relayed by our state Chairman, Prince Dele Ogunbameru, and that is okay by me,” Ajayi said.
“Fasua has never called me for once and he has not been carrying the party along in all his programmes. Everything about him is business, he is not prepared for this election and he has always been acting as an agent of the APC as revealed even during the governorship debate.”
“To me, he should have contested under the APC. They party is supreme and we are candidates sponsored by the party since we are not independent candidates. I do not support any activities that will undermine the supremacy of the party.”