- In a bid to realise his governorship ambition, Ondo deputy governor, Agboola Ajayi, may dump the PDP again
- Ajayi who recently joined the PDP from the APC is reportedly planning to move to ZLP
- The deputy governor lost the PDP governorship ticket to Eyitayo Jegede
A report by The Nation states that the Ondo state deputy governor, Agboola Ajayi, may leave the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) next week for the Zenith Labour Party.
The newspaper reports that sources, whose names were not revealed, said he would join the ZLP which is positioning itself to be a third force in the state.
Recall that Ajayi resigned from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in June and contested at the PDP primary in July where he lost to Eyitayo Jegede.
The deputy governor was said to have met with former Governor Olusegun Mimiko for talks on how to be made the governorship candidate of the ZLP.
Ajayi had earlier said he and his followers will remain in the PDP but in another statement, he said he was still in consultation and would soon make his position public.
Meanwhile, 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 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.”