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Days After Losing PDP Guber Ticket to Jegede, Ondo Deputy Governor Dumps Party

Agboola Ajayi, the Ondo State deputy governor has resigned his membership of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).

The deputy governor announced his resignation from the party he joined on June 21 this year in a statement by his media aide Allen Sowore.

According to Ajayi, his decision to resign was as a result of the call on him by a majority of the people of Ondo State to give “hope to the hopeless, provide credible and purposeful leadership.”

“The deputy governor has, therefore, reassured his teeming supporters to remain focused and committed as he will be announcing his next line of action shortly,” Sowore said.

Ajayi had a fortnight ago lost the PDP’s governorship primary to Eyitayo Jegede. Many observers of Ondo politics however believe that Ajayi has perfected plans to defect to the Zenith Labour Party (ZLP) to pursue his ambition to rule Ondo as governor.

Although the ZLP already has its governorship candidate, Rotimi Benjamin, informed sources believe that Benjamin will have no problems stepping down for the deputy governor to contest as the party’s candidate in the October 10 governorship election.

Ajayi’s planned defection to the Zenith Labour Party, if actualised, will make it the third political party he has joined in two months after he dumped the ruling All Progressives Congress for the PDP in June.

Ajayi is expected to square off against his now estranged boss, Rotimi Akeredolu in the October poll.