Before the governorship election on Saturday, Jimi Lawal, a People’s Democratic Party (PDP) candidate in Ogun State, has denied endorsing any candidates.
The alleged endorsement was referred to by Lawal as a “hoax and lies from the bowels of hell” in a statement released by the Otunba Jimi Adebisi Lawal Campaign Organization (JALCO) and signed by Austin Oniyokor, Project Director.
He urged to keep optimism alive while assuring his thronging fans and sympathizers across the 20 local governments of the State that he will not let them down.
Lawal stated that he couldn’t support a candidate from another party while his Supreme Court appeal was still underway.
The statement read, “It is important that we set the records straight in respect of the above”.
“It is not only mischievous but unimaginable that Otunba Jimi Adebisi Lawal will at this stage abandon his aspiration and much cherished goal of turning the fortune of Ogun state around positively”.
“It is inconceivable that he will disappoint his numerous supporters, well-wishers and the good people of Ogun state who believe in his leadership qualities and aspiration to govern the state”.
“More than ever, he remains committed to replicating his widely acknowledged skills and experience of good governance in the Gateway State”.
“We therefore appeal to our teeming, enthusiastic supporters and the expectant electorate to keep hope alive.
“We have a pending appeal in the Supreme Court and could therefore not have abandoned it to endorse another party’s candidate”
“Those who did so were on a frolic of their own in search of pecuniary gains. We were neither consulted nor was our approval sought”.
“Finally, good governance is a must in Ogun state. Given the opportunity, Otunba Jimi Adebisi Lawal will fill the vacuum of abandonment and misplaced priorities in governance”.