Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Ondo: Why I didn’t pick Akeredolu’s deputy as running mate –Jegede


The candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the October 10 governorship election in Ondo State , Mr Eyitayo Jegede , has given reasons for not picking Agboola Ajayi , the Ondo State Deputy Governor as his running mate .

Agbola had defected to the PDP from the All Progressives Congress in a bid to secure a governorship ticket but was defeated by Jegede in the party’ s primary election .

The deputy governor subsequently left the PDP for Zenith Labour Party, where he emerged as the standard-bearer .

Many people had expected that Jegede and Ajayi would team up against the APC candidate and Governor of Ondo State , Rotimi Akeredolu.

But the PDP candidate announced Gboluga Ikengboju as his running mate . Ikengboju is a member of the House of Representatives , representing Okitipupa /Irele Federal Constituency .

Speaking on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily , Jegede said Ajayi could not have been his running mate because the deputy governor ’ s ambition was to become a governor .

He also explained that Ajayi was part of the “ failure ” of the Akeredolu’ s administration that PDP is campaigning against.

When asked why he didn ’ t team up with Ajayi for a sole ticket , Jegede replied , “ Ajayi chose not to be my deputy . His ambition is to be a governor under a political party. He left the APC , came to PDP, defeated in our primary , and went to ZLP.

“ I took opinions from virtually everybody . People chose who became my running mate. When a choice is made we must respect it. One should not allow his ambition to override the choice of the people .

“ All the policies that we are fighting, the pains we want to end are the product of Akeredolu and his deputy . He was in our party ( as a member) for just six weeks. He is a very powerful person and humble , you cannot do away with that. ”

If elected , Jegede promised to strengthen the operations of Amotekun in Ondo State .

“ Amotekun will stay without political influence. We must protect our people, ” he added .

The PDP governorship candidate also said he would reduce the tuition of state-owned tertiary institutions , adding that “ funding is not an issue . ”

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