The Deputy Governor of Ondo State, Hon Agboola Ajayi has anticipated the defeat of both the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and All Progressives Congress (APC) in the governorship election scheduled for October 10.
The candidate of the Zenith Labour Party (ZLP) said the APC in the state has failed the people with an uninspiring performance of Governor Rotimi Akeredolu while the PDP has no strategy to win the poll in the State. According to the Deputy Governor, the performance of Akeredolu in the last three and half years has fallen short of people’s hopes as the governor personalised government.
“PDP and APC are dead in Ondo South. We can postpone a burial ceremony, but you cannot wake up the dead political parties,” he said. Ajayi declared this while speaking after receiving defectors from PDP in Okitipupa Local Government led by Mr. Banji Okunomo, former chairman of the local government, Mr. Solomon Bitire, and others.
He said the party has breached the zoning arrangements in the state and the electorate would punish for it. The Deputy Governor further added that the people would speak against Akeredolu with their votes in the forthcoming poll because of the failure to achieve the desires and aspirations of the people.
Recall that Ajayi dumped the PDP for ZLP in August, his resignation came in less than a month after losing the governorship ticket to Eyitayo Jegede. He further revealed that he joined the party to accomplish his political goal.
On his part, Okunmo said he resigned his membership of the PDP to join the ZLP in order to save the people from the corruption of Akeredolu’s family. He further stated that he would officially leave the party with over 15, 000 members across the 18 local governments of Ondo State during a formal declaration to be stated at a later stage.
“We don’t want a governor who will make life difficult for the people of Ondo State. The PDP made the mistake in 2016 by presenting a candidate from the wrong zone. The PDP lost in 2016 and will lose in this election because it failed to look at the local content of zoning. It is not that PDP is not a good party but the handlers have mismanaged the fortune of the party,” said Okunomo.