- PDP in Ondo state has given fresh conditions to the deputy governor, Agboola Ajayi, ahead of the guber election
- The opposition party has welcomed Ajayi to contest on its platform if he agrees to serve only one term
- However, other aspirants in the PDP have vowed not to step down for Ajayi
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With the gubernatorial election in Ondo drawing nearer, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has given Agboola Ajayi, the state deputy governor a list of conditions before he will be allowed by the party to contest for the governorship position on its platform.
According to The Nation, conditions listed for Ajayi by the opposition party include that he agrees to one term in office. After the first tenure, he will then hand over to a party loyalist.
The Ondo deputy governor has parted ways politically with his principal, Governor Rotimi Akeredolu, over his ambition to contest in the governorship election.
Speaking on the condition of anonymity, a PDP chieftain said the deputy governor will not be resigning his position and is expected to formally announce his defection to the party this week.
However, Eddy Olafeso, the southwest national vice chairman of the PDP in reaction to Ajayi becoming the party's candidate said no party aspirant was prepared to step down for him.
Olafeso further said the Ondo state deputy governor was not yet a member of the PDP and had not even picked up either the nomination or expression of interest forms.
This development is coming just as some aspirants running on the platform of PDP rejected the idea of stepping down for the state deputy governor.
The aspirants including Banji Okunomo, Elder Eddy Olafeso, Eyitayo Jegede have picked the party’s nomination forms.
Ondo deputy governor Ajayi is reportedly expected to resign in order to allow him to throw the hat into the ring against his boss Governor Akeredolu.
According to the inside source, Ajayi has obtained the nomination form of the state's main opposition party and he is expected to officially declare his interest ahead of the primary election.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that the governor of Ondo state laughed off claims that he is afraid of losing his return ticket if the All Progressives Congress (APC)'s choice of primaries is direct mode ahead of the October Ondo election.
Akeredolu dismissed the challenge posed by about 15 governorship aspirants who have agreed that a direct primary was best for them to topple the incumbent governor.
According to Akeredolu, the arithmetic of politics was more than their imagination and he was better prepared for the direct primaries than them.
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