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The Ondo State Deputy Governor, Mr. Agboola Ajayi, has resigned his membership from the Peoples Democratic Party after he failed to clinch the party’s ticket at the just concluded primary held in the state.
Ajayi lost the primary of the PDP to Mr. Eyitayo Jegede, a senior advocate of Nigeria.
He came second at the contest.
Ajayi was said to have sent the letter of resignation to the PDP secretariat at Apoi Ward 2 in Kiribo town, Ese Odo Local Government Area of Ondo State on Monday.
In the letter, he thanked the national leadership and members of the PDP for their warm reception and acceptance in the short period he rejoined the party, Ajayi said his decision was based on the call from his people, that he should contest the forthcoming governorship election in the state.
The chairman of the PDP in the ward was said to have acknowledged the receipt of the resignation letter.
The Chief Press Secretary to the deputy governor, Mr. Tope Okeowo, confirmed the latest development on the deputy governor’s moves.
“The deputy governor has resigned and would declare his defection to the Zenith Labour Party before the end of the work,” Okeowo stated.
In a swift reaction, the state PDP said the exit of Ajayi would not have any effect on the chance of the party in winning the governorship election. The party said the action of the deputy governor showed he was a desperate politician.
In a statement issued by the Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Mr. Kennedy Peretei, the PDP declared that it remained solid, strong, and more determined than ever before to win the election.
The statement read, “Agboola Ajayi has abused the welcome and privilege accorded him by our party supporters during his brief stay in the party. He also proved that he is desperate to become the governor of Ondo State. In the days to come, it will dawn on him that, he has squandered whatever was remaining in his goodwill with this decision.”