- Rumours of Agboola Ajayi withdrawing from the Ondo governorship race has been dismissed
- The deputy governor of Ondo state says the reports are fake and should be disregarded
- The reports were trending on social media early morning Saturday, October 10
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The deputy governor of Ondo state and governorship candidate of the Zenith Labour Party, Agboola Ajayi, has dismissed social media reports suggesting he has pulled out from the race.
A document purportedly signed by Agboola titled: “Withdrawal from Ondo 2020 gubernatorial race” has been making the rounds early Saturday, October 10.
Agboola's spokesman, Babatope Okeowo said news that his principal has stepped down in the ongoing Ondo gubernatorial election is fake and should be disregarded.
He told the Tribune newspaper:
“The document is fake and should be disregarded. It is doctored to demean Mr Agboola.”
Similarly, the director of media and publicity, Ajayi Campaign Organisation, Mr Akinsola, said the withdrawal was a figment of a hyperactive imagination.
He said those peddling rumours and falsehood are agents of potential losers of the poll.
“They are weak and afraid. Ajayi has not withdrawn. Ajayi will not withdraw. He is in the race to win.”
Meanwhile, a frontline pro-democracy group, the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) on Thursday, October 8, called on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to ensure that results from difficult terrains in Ondo state are collated speedily during the governorship poll.
Speaking in Akure at the launch of the centre's Election Analysis Centre (EAC) ahead of the election, CDD director, Idayat Hassan, said it is important for INEC to reciprocate the confidence which the electorates in the state have on it.
Hassan said INEC should ensure the commission or its staff deployed to the state for the election do not disappoint in the area of logistics and result collation come October 10.
She urged the commission to ensure that it also does everything within its power to have election materials arrive at the polling units on time.
The group similarly urged the commission to find ways to mitigate the effect of the largely partisan disposition of transport unions, including the National Union of Road Transport Workers and the Motorcyclists Association.
Legit.ng previously reported that the CDD had said that there may be reduced vote trading in the forthcoming Ondo governorship election.
The group said its analysis is based on the activities of political actors and their parties in Ondo state.
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