- Agboola Ajayi, the Ondo state deputy governor, has formally joined the Zenith Labour Party (ZLP)
- Ajayi's defection to ZLP is coming after he failed to secure PDP's governorship ticket
- The deputy governor explained that he is running from one political party to another because of the people
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Ondo state deputy governor, Alfred Agboola Ajayi, has officially declared for the Zenith Labour Party (ZLP) following his failure to clinch the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship ticket.
According to The Nation, the governorship aspirant was received by a huge crowd gathered at the party's secretariat in Akure on Friday, August 14.
Before joining ZLP, Agboola had resigned from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) back in June. He then decided to pitch tent with the ZLP having been promised the party’s governorship ticket.
The party has already submitted his name to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as ZLP governorship candidate.
Ondo state deputy governor has officially declared for ZLP. Photo credit: The Nation/UGC
The deputy governor speaking on why he was running from one political party to another, said it was because of the people.
The governorship candidate went on to note that he was in the gubernatorial race to give hope to the hopeless and restore good governance in the state.
Agboola urged his supporters to get their voter cards as well as defend their votes on October 10 at the polls, adding that any planned rigging would fail.
Legit.ng recalls that Ajayi's bid to contest the Ondo governorship election on the platform of PDP hit a setback after losing the primary election to Eyitayo Jegede (SAN).
Jegede defeated all the seven other aspirants, with the senior lawyer and former commissioner of justice polling 888 votes to dislodge Ajayi who polled 657 votes.
Ajayi, while accepting the defeat, had admitted to putting a good fight in the shadow poll. He stated that he "had a lot of forces" who stood against him.
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Meanwhile, the PDP has stated that the defection of Ajayi from the party on Monday, August 10, is a sign of desperation in the deputy governor's political journey.
In a statement released by Kennedy lkantu Peretei, who is the party's publicity secretary, the PDP said Agboola's defection will not have any effect on the coming election.
PDP stated that though it has not received the official letter of Ajayi's resignation, it will continue to wish the unsettled deputy governor well in his political journey.
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