- The PDP candidate for the Ondo election, Eyitayo Jegede, has revealed why he did not pick Agboola Ajayi as his running mate
- Ajayi is the governorship candidate of ZLP for the coming election
- The deputy governor was defeated by Jegede during the PDP primary in Ondo and he decided to love to another to actualise his ambition
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Less than three weeks to the conduct of the Ondo governorship election, the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Ejitayo Jegede, has revealed why he did not pick the state deputy governor, Agboola Ajayi, as his running mate.
Legit.ng reports that Ajayi's ambition to become governor of the state pushed him out of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
He joined the PDP in a bid to secure a governorship ticket but was defeated by Jegede during the party’s primary election.
Ajayi later left the PDP for Zenith Labour Party (ZLP) where he emerged as the party's standard-bearer.
Contrary to people's belief that Jegede and Ajayi would team up against Governor Akeredolu, the former announced a member of the House of Representatives, representing Okitipupa/Irele federal constituency, Gboluga Ikengboju as his running mate.
Speaking on Channels TV’s Sunrise Daily on Wednesday, September 23, Jegede said Ajayi could not have been his running mate because the deputy governor’s ambition was to become a governor.
Jegede also said that Ajayi was part of the “failure” of the Akeredolu’s administration that PDP is campaigning against.
“Ajayi chose not to be my deputy. His ambition is to be a governor under a political party. He left the APC, came to PDP, defeated in our primary, and went to ZLP.
“I took opinions from virtually everybody. People chose who became my running mate. When a choice is made, we must respect it. One should not allow his ambition to override the choice of the people.
“All the policies that we are fighting, the pains we want to end are the product of Akeredolu and his deputy. He was in our party (as a member) for just six weeks. He is a very powerful person and humble, you cannot do away with that.”
Jegede promised to strengthen the operations of Amotekun in Ondo state if elected, adding that the security agency would stay without political influence.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that Andrew Ogunsakin, the senior special assistant to Governor Akeredolu on political matters for Ondo South resigned his appointment.
It was reported that Ogunsakin cited political reasons in his resignation letter dated Friday, September 18.
He explained that the call to join the train to actualise an aspiration different from what Akereolu and the APC were offering was the reason for his decision.
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