Gbenga Daniel endorses APC gov candidate, Dapo Abiodun
Former governor of Ogun State, Gbenga Daniel holding up APC governorship candidate, Dapo Abiodun’s hand. | Punch

Former Ogun State Governor and PDP bigwig Gbenga Daniel has endorsed the APC governorship candidate for the state, Dapo Abiodun, for the March 9 election.

The Director-General of the Atiku Campaign Organisation, South, made the decision during a meeting on Thursday with the political bigwigs at his house in Sagamu.

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Daniel urged all his supporters to back Abiodun in the Saturday governorship election.

Emmanuel Ojo, APC governorship candidates aide confirmed the development to our correspondent on the telephone.

He said Daniel hinged his decision on the character and credibility of the APC candidate.

“Otunba Gbenga Daniel collapsed his political structure and asked that all his supporters should back Dapo Abiodun. He said of all the governorship candidates on the ground, the APC candidate is the most qualified, competent, mature and suitable for the position. He said they also shared the same political principles and beliefs.

“This happened at a meeting in Sagamu where Prince Dapo Abiodun was invited to. I was also there. There were a lot of top political personalities in Ogun State at the meeting,” he said.

With this development, the former governor will not be supporting the PDP’s candidate in the state, Senator Buruji Kashamu.

Kashamu is the candidate recognised by the Independent National Electoral Commission.

A factional governorship candidate of the party, Ladi Adebutu, and his supporters on Thursday evening also distanced themselves from Kashamu by endorsing the candidate of the Allied People’s Movement, Adekunle Akinlade.