- Governor Akeredolu has nothing against his deputy Agboola Ajayi and has expressed his willingness to forgive him
- The governor said Ajayi must, however, be remorseful
- Meanwhile, Akeredolu revealed that having won the election, he is not ready to keep enemies
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Governor Rotimi Akeredolu has declared his readiness to forgive his deputy, Agboola Ajayi, who dumped and contested against him in the just concluded governorship election in Ondo state.
He said he is ready to receive the deputy governor with open arms if he is remorseful.
The governor disclosed this after he met with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja on Tuesday, October 13.
However, the governor advised Ajayi to resign from the post if he still has some level of honour left. He said even without that, his days were numbered because a new administration is set to come on board under a new arrangement.
Meanwhile, he said that he has no animosity towards anybody as a result of the just concluded governorship election.
According to him, his statement that some prominent Ondo indigenes are his enemies for life was merely a political statement. He said having won the election, he was not willing to keep enemies.
In a related development, Akeredolu taunted the Peoples Democratic Party, over the gubernatorial election.
"APC is a very strong force. We are a strong party in this country. So, we have gone to prove in Ondo that Ondo is not Edo. They were dreaming. Now, they must have woken from their slumber. Ondo is not Edo. We have proven that."
Meanwhile, the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) has lamented over the increasing cases of vote-buying in recent off-cycle elections.
The group was reacting to the several cases of vote-buying reported by its observers in the just concluded Ondo governorship election.
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At a presentation of its final observation report on the election on Monday, October 12, in Abuja, CDD listed vote-buying as one of the factors undermining the sanctity of elections.
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