- For Agboola Ajayi, the battle for the Ondo governorship seat is not over
- In fact, the deputy governor has defected to the Zenith Labour Party (ZLP)
- Ajayi has also been adopted by the ZLP as its new gubernatorial candidate
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After losing out in the gubernatorial primary in Ondo, the deputy governor of the state, Agboola Ajayi, has defected to the Zenith Labour Party (ZLP).
Not only that, there are indications that Ajayi has also been adopted by the ZLP as its governorship candidate ahead of the poll, Vanguard reports.
This was confirmed on Sunday, August 2, by the spokesman of the party, Olatunde Felix, who said that “Barring last-minute changes, Ajayi would run as the party’s candidate on October 20."
Felix stated that the ZLP is fine-tuning moves to substitute the name of its earlier candidate, Rotimi Benjamin with that of Ajayi to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) before the poll.
The ZLP spokesman said: “The party was fine-tuning the details of Ajayi’s adoption and the substitution of the earlier candidate, Rotimi Benjamin, who was picked at the party primaries and whose name has been submitted to the Independent National Electoral Commission.
“The deal is almost concluded. He will be coming into the party as our governorship candidate for the October 10, 2020 governorship election."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that moves to impeach Ajayi reportedly suffered a setback as the impeachment meeting was not held.
The impeachment meeting which was scheduled for the VIP lodge of the government house failed to hold as only nine out of the 19 invited members of the assembly were present. Another meeting had, however, been scheduled on Monday, June 29, for another venue.
Legit.ng gathered that those who want the deputy governor impeached following his defection to the PDP are optimistic that their plan will soon be executed successfully.
Reacting to the development on Sunday, June 28, Ajayi's media aide, Allen Sowore, commended the lawmakers for being courageous not to be part of the alleged impeachment plot.
He called on the security agencies and the people of Ondo state to be watchful of Governor Rotimi Akeredolu's alleged moves to illegally remove the deputy governor.
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