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Ondo 2020: After failing to get PDP ticket, deputy governor reportedly plots to defect to another party

The Nation report says Ondo state’s Deputy Governor Agboola Ajayi may leave the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) next week and move to the Zenith labor party.

The newspaper reports that sources, whose names were not disclosed, said that he would join the ZLP, which positions itself as a third force in the state.

Recall that Ajayi resigned from the ruling All Progressives Congress(APC) in June and participated in the PDP primaries in July, where he lost to Eyitayo Jegede.

The Deputy Governor was said to have met with former Governor Olusegun Mimiko to negotiate how to become the ZLP’s gubernatorial candidate.

Ajayi had previously said that he and his followers would remain in the PDP, but in another statement he said he was still in consultation and would make his position public soon.

Meanwhile, ahead of the gubernatorial election in Ondo, Governor Rotimi Akeredolu on Wednesday, July 29, finally made his choice of running mate.

The running mate, Lucky Ayedatiwa, was picked by Governor Akeredolu on Wednesday during the swearing-in ceremony of his new aides.

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A native of Ilaje local government area, Ayedatiwa was a commissioner in the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).

The governor in a statement confirming the development said that Ayedatiwa has been in the political journey since 2012 and that the choice came after much consultations with party leaders in the state.

Akeredolu said: “a candidate with verifiable credentials and pedigree was selected to complete the last part of the gubernatorial race.

“We may not have chosen a Saint and a better one, but let it not be said that we, consciously or not, accept an outspoken hater of people and good, an enemy of our people and a serial forger. We must take care of our people in this regard.”

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