- It has been confirmed that Lucky Ayedatiwa has been chosen as Governor Rotimi Akeredolu's running mate
- The choice was actually made on Wednesday, July 29, after much consultations
- Ayedatiwa was a commissioner of the NDDC in the state
Ahead of the gubernatorial election in Ondo, Governor Rotimi Akeredolu on Wednesday, July 29, finally made his choice of running mate.
The running mate, Lucky Ayedatiwa, was picked by Governor Akeredolu on Wednesday during the swearing-in ceremony of his new aides.
A native of Ilaje local government area, Ayedatiwa was a commissioner in the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), The Nations reports.
The governor in a statement confirming the development said that Ayedatiwa has been in the political journey since 2012 and that the choice came after much consultations with party leaders in the state.
Akeredolu said: ”A candidate with verifiable credentials and pedigree has been chosen to complete the last part of the gubernatorial race.
"We may not have chosen a saint and the best but let it not be said that we, either wittingly or otherwise, settle for an avowed hater of human beings and good things, an enemy of his own people and a serial forger. We owe our people the duty of care in this regard.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that ahead of the Ondo governorship poll, 17 political parties in the state had submitted the names of their candidates to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
This means that Governor Akeredolu would have to battle to retain his seat with 16 contenders from other opposition parties.
The development was disclosed by INEC's national commissioner who is also the chairman of information and voter education committee, Festus Okoye.
Okoye in his a statement said: “Seventeen out of the 18 registered political parties gave the commission the requisite statutory notice of their intention to conduct primaries and they conducted primaries for the purposes of nominating candidates for the governorship election.
“As at 4.08 p,m on Tuesday, all the 17 political parties had submitted the list and particulars of their nominated candidates using the INEC dedicated portal.”