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Published On: Wed, Jul 29th, 2020

Ondo 2020: Akeredolu picks Ayedatiwa as running mate, as party feigns ignorance

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By Ikechukwu Okaforadi

An impeccable source in the All Progressive Congress (APC) yesterday confided in Peoples Daily that the Governor of Ondo state, Rotimi Akeredolu, who recently emerged as the standard bearer of APC in the October 10 guber polls in Ondo state, has picked Lucky Ayedatiwa, as his running mate.
Recall that yesterday was the deadline for the submission of candidates and running mates for the Ondo Guber by political parties, to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
Speaking to our correspondent yesterday night, a source who pleaded anonymity said Akeredolu picked him as his preferred running mate for the October 10 governorship polls.
However, when the Deputy National Publicity Secretary of APC, Yekini Nabena, was contacted, he claimed ignorant of the development, saying the party will officially communicate to journalists when the choice is made.
However, our sources in the party confided that the frequent presence of Akeredolu in the party for two consecutive days was to ratify the choice of Ayedatiwa as his running mate, who before now was the Ondo State representative on the Board of Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).
He has been a close ally and aide of the governor for a long while. He hails from Ilaje Local Government Area of Ondo state.
Meanwhile, a statement from the party at the state level dismissed the claim, saying the party has not made any choice on who becomes the running mate to Akeredolu.

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