Senator Buruji Kashamu has agreed to fly the flag of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ogun State in next year’s governorship election.
This followed a visit to the businessman and senator representing Ogun East by the party’s state leadership.
Kashamu promised to make a formal declaration at a later date.
The party chieftains, led by the state chairman, Chief Adebayo Dayo, said they visited Kashamu to persuade him to be PDP’s governorship candidate following the voluntary withdrawal of the erstwhile candidate, Leke Shittu, from the race.
Dayo said: “Shittu heeded the call of the party’s elders and withdrew from the race to make way for Senator Kashamu, who we believe is fit and proper for the race. We pleaded with him and he agreed with us.
“We want to thank Senator Kashamu for offering himself for this service. He has done quite a lot for the party and the people. We are sure that with him as the candidate, the race to Oke Mosan will be a mission accomplished for the party.”
Kashamu thanked the party leaders and elders for the visit and the offer.
The senator promised not to disappoint them.
He said: “I have to accept this offer because I have received representations from various people and groups calling on me to run for the post of governor.
“I have been called upon by many traditional rulers, the good people of Ijebu land, our friends in Remo, Ogun Central and Ogun West, to join the governorship race…”