Ondo Deputy Governor, Ajayi In Talks With Mimiko Zenith Labor Party

Agboola Ajayi
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The Deputy Governor of Ondo State, Mr Agboola Ajayi, may dump the Peoples Democratic Party in front of the governorship political race in the state.

SaharaReporters reported on Wednesday that Ajayi had closed designs to abandon Peoples Democratic Party and defects to Zenith Labor Party (ZLP) in an offer to understand his governorship desire.

Sources noticed that Ajayi had begun conferences with the pioneers of the ZLP so as to become the candidate of the party.

The representative senator surrendered his enrollment of the All Progressives Congress on June 21, 2020, after a fight with his chief, Governor Rotimi Akeredolu.

After his acquiescence, he defected to the PDP and contested the party’s July 22 primary yet missed out in the with a total number of 657 to emerge second.

A source said Ajayi would defects to the ZLP with his supporters.

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The source said Ajayi had met with Olusegun Mimiko, the former governor of the state. Mimiko is supposed to be the central lender of the ZLP.

He clarified that despite the fact that the ZLP had just chosen its governorship applicant, Mr Rotimi Benjamin, the party was available to the alternative of persuading Benjamin to step down for Ajayi.

The source said, “Ajayi is already in talks with leaders of the ZLP. He has met with Dr Mimiko. I know the political intrigues will shock a lot of people in the coming days.

“I know before the next of the week or next week, the coast would get clearer, and the deputy governor would join the ZLP.

“Following his performance in the PDP primary, Mimiko developed an interest in the deputy governor because of the number of votes he polled despite joining the race late.”

Allen Sowore, the Special Adviser on Media to the Deputy Governor, told SaharaReporters on the telephone that Ajayi was only consulting and seeking reconciliation, after his loss in the primary of the PDP.

He disclosed that leaders of some political parties in the state had reached out to the deputy governor to be their candidate but that his boss has turned down their offers.

He said, “What I can only tell you is that the deputy governor (Ajayi) is only consulting ahead of the election. Truly, he has held meetings with major stakeholders in the state.

“I can’t confirm the report of him dumping the PDP for another party. I can’t speak for him on that but you would hear from us soon.”


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