Ogun 2023: I am not withdrawing from the guber race, APM candidate writes INEC

The candidate for governor of the Allied Popular Movement (APM) in Ogun State, Olutosin Jolaoluwa, has said he would not withdraw from the race. In a letter addressed to the national president of the APM and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Mr. Jolaoluwa, and obtained by PREMIUM TIMES, the aspiring governor stated that he is still the party’s candidate. Reports that Ibikunle Amosun, the former governor of Ogun state, had withdrawn his support from Adekunle Akinlade, whom he supported in the 2019 gubernatorial election, put Jolaoluwa in the spotlight. Akinlade, who was the APM’s gubernatorial candidate in the 2019 election, defected to the PDP, where he is the running mate of the party’s candidate, Ladi Adebutu. PREMIUM TIMES has learned that Mr. Amosun did not support Mr. Akinlade’s move. A letter written by the Allied Peoples Movement (APM) candidate, Olutosin Jolaoluwa, to the INEC in Ogun State. The former governor, a supporter of APC presidential candidate Bola Tinubu, opposes the re-election of the party’s candidate in the state, Governor Dapo Abiodun. Analysts say Jolaoluwa will be persuaded to resign from the post of Amosun’s new candidate, who is supposed to be Biyi Otegbeye, an indigenous man from Ogun West. The INEC will close the window for the substitution of candidates for governor and deputies on August 12. In his letter to the electoral commission, Jolaoluwa maintained that he is still in the running to contest the elections, with no intention of giving up for anyone. He called the attention of the party and the INEC on a supposed primary election for governor of the APM scheduled for Thursday, August 11, saying that he is still the candidate. “In furtherance of the foregoing, I hereby categorically declare that I, Olutosin Emmanuel Jolaoluwa of No. 19, Alhaji Adeosun Street, Abiola Way, Abeokuta, am the Allied Peoples Movement bona fide candidate for Governor of Ogun State (APM) for the March 2023 general elections, as published by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)”. Article 31 of the new Electoral Law of 2022 establishes that: “A candidate may withdraw his candidacy by means of a written notification signed by him and delivered personally by the candidate to the political party that nominated him for the election and the political party will transmit said withdrawal to the Commission no later than 90 days before the election. The Act further establishes in Section 33 that: “A political party may not change or substitute its candidate whose name has been submitted under section 29 of this Act, except in the event of death or withdrawal of the candidate: “Provided that, in the event of such withdrawal or death of a candidate, the affected political party shall, within 14 days of the occurrence of the event, hold a new primary election to produce and present a new candidate for election. the Commission for the election in question. .” Attempts to speak to party chairman Kehinde Oyatayo were unsuccessful as his number could not be traced. Read More Related News Here Let here it in the comment below if you do have an opinion on this; Ogun 2023: I am not withdrawing from the guber race, APM candidate writes INEC