In spite of his status as a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chieftain, former Director, Directorate Military Intelligence (DMI) Brig. Gen Ayokunle Togun (retd.) has thrown his weight behind the governorship candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) in Oyo State, Seyi Makinde, promising to work for his victory.
He made the declaration at his residence in Saki, Saki West Local Government area of the state, while receiving Makinde’s campaign team to the town.
At the parley, the former military boss denounced the membership of the PDP elder’s forum and distanced himself from a newspaper advert which linked him to the party’s campaign team in the state. He explained that he was never contacted before his name was included in the advert. He said the only party that contacted him for support was the SDP.
According to Togun, events in past elections have shown that the voting pattern in Nigeria went beyond party affiliation. He gave an example of President Goodluck Jonathan’s 2011 landslide win in Lagos which was then an Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) controlled state.
In his words, the competence of individuals will determine how the people perceive them during the election, the more reason Makinde’s character and antecedent won his support.
Makinde’s campaign train also touched down at Ago Amodu in Saki East local government where thousands of supporters trooped out to cheer the governorship candidate.
The team also visited the traditional ruler of Oje Owode, Obaabdul Rasheed Oyinloye who gave his royal blessing and begged the party to help in the rehabilitation of the palace and the abandoned transmission station attached to the state’s radio station.