Agboola Ajayi, the Ondo State Deputy Governor, on Sunday, August 18, denied the reports that he wanted to dump the All Progressives Congress (APC), for the rival Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), to contest next year’s Governorship election in the State, describing the allegation as a blatant falsehood.
TOS TV gathered that the Deputy Governor, who dismissed the report through his Spokesman, Babatope Okeowo, said: “This is a blatant falsehood, as Agboola Ajayi remains a bonafide member of the APC, and has no plan to dump the party for any rival political party.
“Besides, he stated that he never thought of contesting against his boss, Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, stressing that, the reports were the handiwork of attention-seekers, who are well-known within the State’s political circle.
“There is no place where the Deputy Governor has met with stalwarts of the PDP, not to talk of dividing their party”, Okeowo noted.
The Deputy Governor, speaking further, also used the medium to apologise to Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State, whose name was dragged into the murky water of Ondo State politics, as being the sponsor of his alleged plan to contest on the PDP platform.
The statement emphasised: “Ajayi remains as the Deputy Governor and loyal to his boss. He was chosen as the Deputy Governor, at the benevolent of his boss, Akeredolu. This is to say emphatically that Ajayi has no intention to contest against him.
“We know the plan of the sponsors of the story, is to cause a serious rift between Governor Akeredolu and his Deputy, for their selfish reasons.
“It must be noted that Ajayi is a seasoned Politician, who knows the limitation of his Office as the Deputy Governor. He is not ready in any way to rock the boat of the progress of this administration.
“This is another grand plan by the busybodies and professional blackmailers, to create division within the ranks of the ruling APC, in Ondo State, in order to create advantage, which does not exist anywhere”, the Deputy Governor’s Spokesman stated.