A faction of the Labour Party had earlier endorsed Governor Dapo Abiodun’s second-term ambition but a caretaker committee set up by the national leadership faulted such endorsement.
The caretaker committee in a statement issued on Friday by its Publicity Secretary, Tokunbo Peters, announced the governorship candidate of the PDP, Ladi Adebutu as the party’s choice.
Among the many parties who made overtures to it, Peters said Labour Party chose the PDP because of its manifesto, mission and ideology which were similar to that of the LP.
“This last-minute alliance which was consolidated yesterday (Thursday) with the signing of a working agreement between the chairmen and gubernatorial candidates of the two parties in Abeokuta was mostly necessitated by the failure of INEC to list the gubernatorial candidate of the Labour Party to contest tomorrow’s gubernatorial election.
“After the strong showing of the Labour Party in Ogun State in the last presidential election, the party became the beautiful bride and a lot of parties, including the ruling party, made overtures to Labour Party for either an endorsement or an alliance. But after careful consideration of all its options, the Labour Party decided to align with the PDP.
“The choice of the PDP was informed by the fact that the manifesto, mission and ideology of the PDP were similar to that of the Labour Party.
“The gubernatorial candidate of the PDP, Hon Ladi Adebutu shares the same vision of running a populist, prudent and all-inclusive government just like Comrade Kehinde Sogunle, the Labour Party candidate.
“The Labour Party is committed to the agenda of rescuing, resetting and renewing Ogun State and has a firm belief that its collaboration with PDP will achieve the set goals of bequeathing purposeful government to the traumatised citizens of the state,” the statement read.