- PDP has been hit by a gale of defection in Ondo state
- A former guber aspirant, Banji Okunomo, has decamped from the party to ZLP
- Okunomo said he would be leaving PDP with 15,000 loyal members across the 18 LGAs
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Banji Okunomo, governorship aspirant of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has resigned his membership of the party in what climaxed the political grievances that trailed the primary election in Ondo state.
Okunomo dumped the party on Monday, September 7, and pitched his tents with the Zenith Labour Party (ZLP) in Okitipupa local government, Legit.ng gathers.
The former PDP chieftain contested for the opposition party's guber ticket but lost to Eyitayo Jegede (SAN).
According to reports, his name was submitted to Jegede to pick as running mate but the former justice commissioner opted for another member, fueling several insinuations that he would decamp.
On Monday, Okunomo finally parted the party and headed to ZLP where he will be reinforcing the army of Olusegun Mimiko and Agboola Ajayi, Ondo deputy governor.
Ondo state governorship election has been scheduled for October 10, 2020, by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
Okunomo said he was leaving the PDP alongside 15,000 loyal members across the 18 local government areas at a formal declaration.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Agboola Ajayi finally dumped the PDP following his failure to clinch the party's guber ticket.
Ajayi resigned from PDP less than fifty days after leaving the All Progressives Congress (APC) in what climaxed the political feud between him and his principal Governor Rotimi Akeredolu.
The deputy governor would contest the state guber election on the platform of the ZLP after being cleared by the national executive committee of the party.
In a related development, Bola Tinubu, national leader of the APC, stated that oppositions would not be given any chance during the forthcoming Ondo guber election.
The former Lagos state governor also added that PDP is dead in the state and further declared that the party would be finally nailed in a coffin during the election.
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