By Timothy Agbor, Osogbo
The Labour Party gubernatorial candidate in the August 9 poll in Osun state, Alhaji Fatai Akinbade on Wednesday, 25th of June, 2014 debunked the rumours making the rounds that he has defected back to the Peoples Democratic Party.
Akinbade also dispelled the speculation in some quarters that he has been disqualified from participating in the coming governorship election,assuring he would not only contest but would win the coming poll.
In a statement by his Director of Media, Mr Kayode Oladeji, the former Secretary to the State Government said the rumours could be traced to his other contenders in the race who he claimed were threatened by his enviable records with the people of the state.
According to the Labour Party flag bearer, he was no longer a member of the PDP and would not rejoin the party, adding that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has already cleared him to contest the election.
He said: “my opponents are threatened by my track record and acceptability among the people of the state, especially the grassroots. They know that at the coming polls, I will beat them silly and that is why they are cooking all kinds of stories which can take them to nowhere.”
He maintained that the people of the state are well informed and as such could not be deceived under whatever guise, stressing “I am the person the people of the state want and come August 9, this year, the dream of electing me as the governor of the state shall be brought to fruition by the grace of God and the esteemed support of our people.”
The governorship hopeful who enjoined his supporters, admirers and the people of the state to disregard the rumours, assured that the state would not only heave a sigh of relief but would witness an unprecedented turn around under his leadership.