- Revelations have been given as to why Governor Rotimi Akeredolu chose Lucky Ayedatiwa as his running mate
- The governor explained that Ayedatiwa is a man of the people and a grassroots politician
- Akeredolu also disclosed that the running mate has been with him in his political journey since 2012
Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo state has explained why he chose Lucky Ayedatiwa as his running mate in the forthcoming gubernatorial election.
Speaking on Wednesday, July 29, said that Ayedatiwa has been with him in the political journey since 2012, The Nation reports.
The governor stated that his choice is a politician with verifiable credentials and pedigree chosen to complete the final part of the gubernatorial race.
Confirming Akeredolu's position, the All Progressives Congress (APC) referred to Ayedatiwa as the best choice for the position.
In fact, the chairman of the APC in the state, Ade Adetimehin, noted that is a people-friendly personality who identifies residents even at the lowest social class.
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Adetimehin said: “Ayedatiwa is a grassroots politician and very loyal to the party. We do not want anybody who will betray us in the future. With Ayedatiwa as Akeredolu’s running mate, victory is sure.”
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 meant that Governor Akeredolu had 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, on Tuesday, July 28.
Okoye in 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.”