The planned defection of the Ondo State Deputy Governor ,Agboola Ajayi to the Zenith Labour Party (ZLP), has unsettled the camps of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the ruling All Progressives Congress(APC) in the state.
It would be recalled that Agboola defected to PDP from the APC in search of a party ticket for the gubernatorial election.
The deputy governor’s planned defection to ZLP has put theparty in contention for the October 10 governorship election in the state.
It was gathered that Ajayi will formally resign from the PDP this week and publicly declare for the ZLP.
It was also gathered that Ajayi’s planned move to ZLP has devastated the camp of the governorship candidate of the PDP, Eyitayo Jegede.
It was also learnt that the camp of the incumbent governor Rotimi Akeredolu is equally jittery over the movement of Ajayi to ZLP.
It would be recalled that before now, Akeredolu was banking on making an inroad to the southern district areas of the state by the choice of his running mate Lucky Ayedatiwa.
But with the emergence of Ajayi, the southern leaders may decide to abandon him and pitch their tents with their son, Ajayi.
It was gathered that aides to the governor have held lot of meetings to discuss the development and looking for a way out ahead of the election.
Leaders in the Southern Senatorial district in the state perceived to be the stronghold of the PDP in the state have further made it a king-sized headache for both camps by queuing behind Ajayi in the ZLP.
A communiqué issued after over four-hour meeting in Okitipupa last weekend revealed that the leaders rejected the deputy governorship positions allotted to the area by the two major parties.
The Southern Senatorial district chairman, Adekanmi Adegboola Omotayo and Secretary Felix Olatunde said that the meeting was attended by top political leaders and opinion leaders from these six local government areas in the southern senatorial district.
lt was called to gather support for a third force led by Agboola Ajayi who’s perceived to be leaving the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) to Zenith Labour Party (ZLP) anytime soon.
Omotayo who read the communiqué said that resolution arrived at include “That the Southern senatorial district has been totally neglected in the scheme of things particularly the governorship seat of the state. ” That in view of the rotational policy in use in the state, it is now the turn of the Southern Senatorial District to field a candidate for the Ondo state gubernatorial seat.
“That the leaders are wholly in support of the candidature of our son His Excellency Hon Alfred Agboola AJAYI on the platform of the Zenith Labour party in the October 10 Gubernatorial election.
“That all indigenes and residents of the six local government areas in the Southern Senatorial District should embark on massive mobilization in support of His Excellency Hon. Alfred Agboola AJAYI to ensure his victory and by extension, our victory in the Gubernatorial election.