Deputy Governor of Ondo State, Agboola Ajayi, who was elected along with his principal on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), rejected as governorship candidate in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) he defected to, has finally joined the Zenith Labour Party (ZLP).
Agboola Ajayi, who was received into ZLP today, August 14 by the party’s state Chairman, Joseph Akinlaja and the immediate-past governor of Ondo, Olusegun Mimiko, in Akure, the state capital, said that his decision to pitch tent with the ZLP was as a result of the fallout in the primaries of both the PDP and the APC.
“It is obvious that the affirmation of Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu as candidate of the APC coupled with the seeming failure of the PDP to produce a dependable and formidable alternative has dampened the democratic enthusiasm and morale of the people.
“The hope and rechanneling the energy of the progressive electorates, I am teaming up with members of the ZLP, a chunk of most of the other members and my teeming allies from both the PDP and APC.”
He described the ZLP as a dependable platform to rescue the people of the state from the hands of the current government of APC in the state even as he asked his supporters to join him in the Zenith Labour Party.
He said that there is need to change and take it back from the “nepotistic administration” of Governor Akeredolu.
Meanwhile, the party’s chairman, Akinlaja described the ZLP as the third force that would win the governorship election but pleaded with supporters of the party, especially the youth to shun thuggery and violence.
He called on the Independent National Electoral Commission to be fair, free and transparent in the conduct of the election.
Ex-lawmakers, Kasim Olanrewaju and Olumide Araoyinbo, led some members from the PDP and APC to the ZLP.