In an oath deposed at the High Court of Ogun State, Abeokuta, dated September 16, 2022, the Ogun State governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Dr. Oladipupo Adebutu, and the former governorship candidate under the platform of the Allied Progressive Movement in the 2019 elections, Adekunle Akinlade, have reached an agreement on the 2023 Ogun State governorship polls.
Naija News reports that the alliance agreement is titled, “The Alliance Agreement between Dr. Oladipupo Olatunde Adebutu and Adekunle Abdulkabir Akinlade in respect of the 2023 elections into the office of Governor, Deputy Governor, related elective positions and appointments in Ogun State, Nigeria.”
According to the agreement, the Deputy Governor, Ogun West Senatorial Ticket, and Two House of Assembly Tickets (Ogun Central) will be given by Adebutu and the PDP to Akinlade and his APM group.
After winning the 2023 governorship election, Adebutu and the PDP will concede seven substantive commissioner slots, 15 special adviser slots, 20 senior special assistant slots, 20 special assistant slots, five statutory board chairman slots, and five local government executive chairman slots.
The state PDP Chairman, Sikirulai Ogundele, and the Secretary of the party in the state, Sunday Solarin witnessed the oath-taking at the High Court.
The agreement reads in part: “That Hon. Adekunle Abdulkabir Akinlade, besides his constitutional role as the Deputy Governor, shall be appointed to a ministry that shall be created to drive new investments, and improve revenue growth and development of the state, provided the Deputy Governor shall report directly to the executive governor in accordance with extant laws in relation to his official duties and functions of his office as deputy governor and Honourable Commissioner for Trade and Investment.
“In furtherance of Clause A and B hereinabove, Hon. Adekunle Abdulkabir Akinlade shall mobilize and deploy his political capital, groups, and other resources of the PDP, particularly to the office of the Governor of Ogun State.
“He shall equally support, assist and promote the political interests of Adebutu and the PDP at all times.
“Each party shall not be a party to any other agreement that would restrict the Parties’ ability to perform any or all of their obligations as set forth in this agreement.
“In the event of any dispute between the parties with reference to this agreement or any matter arising hereunder, the parties shall resolve same by amicable negotiations.”