8th April, 2011
The Ogun State governorship candidate of the Congress for Progressive Change, CPC, Alhaji Abdul Ganiyu Tunde Enilari has stepped down from the race.
P.M.NEWS can authoritatively reveal that the CPC candidate stepped down for the Social Democratic Movement Party, SDMP, standard bearer, Mr. Olawale Okuniyi.
The alliance between CPC and SDMP resulted in the presentation of a single governorship candidate in the state under the CPC banner.
Speaking with our correspondent this morning, Enilari confirmed his withdrawal, saying it was in the interest of the people of Ogun State who are yearning for a change.
Okuniyi also said: â€œit is true that Alhaji Enilani has stepped down for me. The two parties have been talking in the last few weeks and part of our resolution and agreement was that the CPC candidate should stepped down for me, which he had done.
â€œThe people are tired of the continuous ruling of the PDP and are yearning for a change and not just a change this time around, but a positive change. With the support of the CPC, enjoys in Ogun State, we would effect the change.â€
Mr. Okuniyi, 42, promised to turn the state around in his first year in office if elected into office on 26 April, 2011.
He, however, stated that a stakeholdersâ€™ forum will be held on Tuesday next week at the Iwe Iroyin House, Oke Ilewo, Abeokuta where he will be formally presented to the people of Ogun State by the leaders of the CPC in the state.
â€œThe internal arrangement has been concluded by the two partiesâ€™ leadership and I can tell you confidently that all is well. Come Tuesday, I will be formally presented to the people of Ogun State as the governorship candidate of the CPC
The party that will take the reins of power in Ogun State from 29 May, 2011,â€ Okuniyi boasted.