Ondo election: Deputy governor’s ZLP posters flood Akure ahead of planned defection

Ondo election: Deputy governor’s ZLP posters flood Akure ahead of planned defection

- Deputy governor of Ondo state, Agboola Ajayi, may join ZLP anytime soon

- Ajayi lost PDP's governorship ticket to Eyitayo Jegede in July

- The embattled deputy governor’s ZLP posters and banners have flooded the state

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The race of who becomes the next governor of Ondo state is tearing the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) apart as the campaign posters of the embattled deputy governor, Agboola Ajayi, flood Akure, the state capital.

The Nation reports that Ajayi's posters seeking to contest for the October 10 governorship election on the platform of the Zenith Labour Party (ZLP) flooded the social media and streets of Akure.

Legit.ng gathered that the secretariat of the ZLP in Akure was also adorned with Ajayi campaign posters, which confirmed that the deputy governor would dump the PDP this week.

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Ajayi resigned from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and joined the PDP in June.

He contested the primary of the PDP and failed to secure the party’s ticket in July, which was won by Eyitayo Jegede.

Ondo election: Deputy governor’s ZLP posters flood Akure ahead of planned defection
Ondo state deputy governor, Agboola Ajayi, displaying his PDP membership card. Credit: Twitter/Agboola Ajayi.
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Ajayi was said to have met with former governor Olusegun Mimiko where talks were finalised on his move to ZLP.

The report said that an aide to Ajayi, who pleaded anonymity, said his boss was aware of ZLP campaign posters but did not authorise them.

The aide said talks have reached an advanced stage for formal defection to the ZLP.

Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the political intrigues in the Ondo guber race took another dimension as PDP may find it difficult to give the APC a tough battle come October with an unsettled house.

It was reported that the emergence of Eyitayo Jegede as the Ondo PDP candidate created a fracture in the party as five governors have thrown their weight behind Ajayi.

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Ajayi had lost the PDP primary held on Wednesday, July 22, in Ondo state to Jegede.

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Jegede defeated seven other aspirants, including Ajayi who recently dumped the ruling APC to fight for the PDP's ticket.

The senior lawyer, who had served as the Ondo state commissioner of justice and attorney general, polled 888 votes to dislodge Ajayi who polled 657 votes.

Jegede's victory was said to have been made easier because he enjoyed the backing of former vice president, Atiku Abubakar, who is reported to be eyeing the 2023 presidential slot of the opposition party.

But the political plot that saw Ajayi axed out of the guber race was said to have angered five PDP governors who are now massively throwing weight behind the deputy governor to contest on the platform of Zenith Labour Party.

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