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The Zenith Labour Party in Ondo State on Sunday adopted the current deputy governor of the state Agboola Ajayi who recently defected to the People’s Democratic Party, PDP as its governorship candidate.
The party’s Publicity Secretary, Olatunde Felix, said: “Barring last-minute changes, Ajayi would run as the party’s candidate on October 20.
“The party was fine-tuning the details of Ajayi’s adoption and the substitution of the earlier candidate, Rotimi Benjamin, who was picked at the party primaries and whose name has been submitted to the Independent National Electoral Commission.
“The deal is almost concluded. He (Ajayi) will be coming into the party as our governorship candidate for the October 10, 2020 governorship election.
“As soon as the process is concluded we will come out with a communiqué, as we are still dotting the I’s and crossing the t’s.
“The party’s decision is supreme, and we are a disciplined party and we are sure that the development will come to fruition.”
Ajayi had in June fled the APC to run for the governorship ticket of the PDP, but was defeated by Eyitayo Jegede, who had also been the party’s candidate in 2016.
But his move to the ZLP had been in the rumor mill following his meeting last week with leaders of the party, especially a former Ondo State governor, Olusegun Mimiko.
Meanwhile, the planned defection of the deputy governor of Ondo State, Agboola Ajayi, to the Zenith Labour Party this week is generating heat within the PDP.
Barring any changes, Ajayi will defect to the ZLP to realize his governorship ambition.