By Ikechukwu Okaforadi
The embattled Deputy Governor of Ondo State, Agboola Ajayi has resigned his membership from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for Zenith Labour Party (ZLP), just six weeks after he left the All Progressive Congress (APC) and joined the PDP, but lost the governorship ticket to Ayitayo Jegede.
The deputy governor who came second during the July 22 governorship primaries of the PDP after losing to candidate of the party, Eyitayo Jegede, was said to have made the move in order to keep his governorship hope alive.
Agboola has perfected move to fly the flag of the Zenith Labour Party (ZLP) at the forthcoming October 10, 2020 governorship election in the state.
According to an impeccable source, Ajayi will on Tuesday formally declare for ZLP.
Confirming the deputy governor’s resignation from PDP, his Media Aide, Allen Sowore said that, “This decision is as a result of the call on the Deputy Governor by majority of the good people of Ondo State to give hope to the hopeless, provide credible and purposeful leadership in our dear State.
“The chairman of the PDP in Apoi Ward 2 of Ese-Odo Local Government Area, Festus Oboro acknowledged the receipt of the resignation letter on 9th of August 2020.”
The embattled deputy governor who has been having running battle with his boss, Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, had insisted that he will not resign his position as deputy governor, stressing that his people advised him against the move.
Meanwhile, the Ondo State chapter of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) on Monday, insisted that the resignation of the Deputy Governor, Agboola Ajayi, would not affect their chances of victory in the October 10 governorship election.
In a statement signed by Kennedy Ikantu Peretei, the State Publicity Secretary, the party said it was yet to receive Ajayi’s resignation letter.
Peretei said Ajayi’s resignation proved that he (Ajayi) is desperate to become the Governor of Ondo State.
According to the statement, “In the days to come, it will dawn on him that he has squandered whatever was remaining in his goodwill with this decision.
“However, his exit from the PDP will not affect our prospects of winning the October Gubernatorial Elections this year. The PDP remains solid, strong and more determined than ever before to win the forthcoming governorship elections with a credible and competent candidate in the person of Eyitayo Jegede (SAN).”