Several opposition parties in Lagos on Friday denied endorsement of the governorship candidate of All Progressives Congress, Mr. Jide Sanwo-Olu, for 2019.
A total of 45 opposition parties under the Coalition of the Progressive Peoples Party were reported to have endorsed Sanwo-Olu at a meeting on November 2.
According to the media reports, some of the listed parties in the endorsement of Sanwo-Olu include Progressives People’s Alliance, New Nigeria People’s Party, Kowa Party, Independent Democrats, Accord, Action Alliance, and People’s Redemption Party.
Also named were the Coalition for Change, Young Democratic Party, Action People’s Party, Youth Progressive Party and Better Nigeria Peoples Party and Peoples Democratic Movement.
KOWA and PPA have since denied involvement in the endorsement, saying they were wrongly listed.
At a news conference on Friday in Lagos, a group of other opposition parties, including Independent Democrat, Accord, C4C, AA and PDM also denied attending the endorsement meeting.
The state chairman of ID, Mr. Kolawole Sunday, who spoke on behalf of the group, said the inclusion of their parties in the endorsement was wrong.
He said all the chairmen of parties in the group were not a part of the deal, adding that those who claimed to have represented their parties at the endorsement ceremony were clear impostors.
Sunday described the endorsement as a charade, saying it was a propaganda ploy by the APC to project Sanwo-Olu as a popular candidate.
“We are referring to the news making the rounds suggesting that 45 political parties operating in the state have endorsed the candidature of Babajide Sanwo-Olu of APC as the consensus candidate of opposition parties.
“For the avoidance of doubt, we must also say that people have the right to take any decision they wish to take, as this is the fundamental right to be enjoyed by Nigerians as guaranteed in the constitution.
“What we find objectionable is the attempt to hoodwink unsuspecting members of the public with falsehood.
“A careful look at those who participated in the charade will reveal that the ruling party is desperate and looking for cheap popularity by embarking on propaganda with fake endorsement,” he said.