By Adeola Oladele
Gubernatorial candidates of various political parties across the South-west have virtually relocated to Abuja in a bid to get President Goodluck Jonathan to provide financial support for their aspirations, WESTERN POST can reveal.
The candidates, it was learnt, have turned Abuja into a Mecca of sort in order to get the much-needed funds from the President in exchange for a promise of support for the President during the 2015 election.
Other candidates and would-be candidates particularly within the Peoples Democratic Party have also stormed Abuja either to protect their mandate or to seek for support to emerge the party’s flag bearers.
The PDP headquarters and President Jonathan, it was learnt, will ordinarily support their candidates with finance for the election.
But notable among those from other parties who were said to have stormed Abuja for financial support are former Oyo State Governor Rashidi Ladoja, contesting for the governorship of the state in 2015 on the platform of Accord Party, and his ertswhile deputy and former governor of the state, Otunba Adebayo Alao-Akala, who has defected to Labour Party from PDP to contest for the governorship.
“The candidates are telling their contacts in Abuja that though they are running on different platforms, they have nothing against President Jonathan and would support the President’s election in 2015,” a source told WESTERN POST.
None of those candidates was willing to volunteer comment on their incessant trips to Abuja when our correspondents contacted their media aides.
President Jonathan had allegedly gone out of his way before to partly fund the campaigns of some candidates who contested on the platform of other parties other than PDP as a way of building bridges of support across board.
Two of such candidates who also worked for the President in the 2011 election were former Anambra State Governor Peter Obi who was then an All Progressives Grand Alliance stalwart and Ondo State Governor Olusegun Mimiko who was formerly of Labour Party.
Former governor Obi has since defected to PDP. Mimiko was said to have benefitted substantially from the President during his re-election in 2012.
The Ondo State Governor in October this year formally returned to the PDP which he left in 2006 and he is at present the South-west Coordinator of President Jonathan’s campaigns.
By Adeola Oladele