Barring any ultimate minute exchange, the Deputy Governor of Ondo State, Hon. Agboola Ajayi will in a question of days transfer from the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC to his erstwhile social gathering, the opposition Peoples Democratic Birthday celebration, PDP.
The idea that the Deputy Governor has been making plans to contest towards his boss, Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu on the October 10, 2020, governorship polls got here to fruition following secret conferences held over the weekend with some social gathering leaders inside of each the APC and the PDP.
Notable a number of the stalwarts is Prince Sola Amodeni, a former cupboard member who was once sacked by way of Akeredolu in 2019, along two others.
At some of the conferences held one by one at some of the place of abode of a social gathering chieftain in Ijapo Property, Akure, Ondo State capital, Ajayi was once mentioned to have disclosed to the social gathering leaders of his deliberate transfer to the PDP as he sought their toughen forward of the transfer.
Lately there were chilly feud between the governor and his deputy, with the combat taken to the camps of each leaders.
The rift between them started in a while after the 2019 normal elections following the alleged suspension of the governor from the social gathering for alleged anti-party actions.
The deputy governor was once accused to were in the back of the purported suspension. He was once mentioned to were faced by way of the governor with evidences of his conferences with most sensible participants of the social gathering in Abuja.
Additionally, when the governor was once unwell ultimate yr following his extended keep in Abuja for remedy, the camp of the governor alleged that the deputy governor had fastened drive at the Area of Meeting to turn on the doctrine of necessity to be able to make him the Performing Governor.
Giving main points of the assembly held in Ijapo, a supply who craved anonymity said that Ajayi’s assembly with them was once principally at the transfer to PDP as he’s soliciting the toughen of his allies.
“The deputy governor invited us to the assembly. He’s if truth be told in search of confidants that can make the transfer with him to PDP and a few allies that can keep installed APC however will paintings underground for him.
“He lamented right through the assembly that APC isn’t a social gathering which everyone knows ourselves. Akeredolu now not being a partyman additionally contributes to the issues within the social gathering within the state.
“Agbo additionally instructed us in self belief that Olusola Oke spoke with him on his ambition however that he confident him that if APC offers him the price ticket, he’s going to paintings for him.
“I believe his final purpose at the present is to make sure that Akeredolu isn’t re-elected, that he instructed us too.
“He didn’t pop out instantly to us of his plan to contest underneath the PDP however I believe he hinted one in every of us that the PDP price ticket is already inside of his snatch.”
In the meantime, there are indications that Ajayi would possibly pair with Eyitayo Jegede, the PDP governorship candidate right through the 2016 polls.
Reacting to building, the Nationwide Vice Chairman of PDP, South West, Eddy Olafeso said that Ajayi was once now not but to change into member of the social gathering. He famous that club process is definitely said within the social gathering’s charter.
On his section, the Leader Press Secretary to the Deputy Governor, Babatope Okeowo described the purported transfer of his boss as speculations.
“A lot of these are speculations and we don’t react to speculations. When it’s time we can go the bridge.
“What I do know is that he’s the Deputy Governor of Ondo State and Deputy to Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, so another speculations we don’t react to it,” Okeowo mentioned.
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