2020 Guber Race: We’ll accord Ondo Deputy Governor warm Reception but….. —PDP

By: Oluwatosin Adesola

Ahead of the October 10, 2020 gubernatorial race in Ondo state, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has declared that it will be happy to receive to its fold the incumbent Deputy Governor of the state, Hon. Agboola Ajayi or any other politician to unseat the ruling APC government of Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu in the state.

The Opposition party however denied striking any “deal” with Agboola, assuring that all governorship aspirants and their supporters that the PDP does not have a preferred candidate and will ensure level playing field for all or intending aspirants.

This is contained in a Press Statement signed by Zadok Akintoye, Ondo PDP Director of Media and Publicity and made available to SUNSHINETRUTH in Akure today.

There has been rumour that the PDP had struck a deal with Agboola Ajayi to grant him waiver and automatic governorship ticket to contest the election.

The major opposition party acknowledges the right of Agboola Ajayi and of all members of the public wishing to join its fold and they would be accorded a warm reception to work together to liberate the state from what it called “maladministration of the APC government”.

“The leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party in Ondo state wishes to inform the general public and all members of the party that the alleged “deal” supposedly struck by the incumbent Deputy Governor of the state, Hon. Agboola Ajayi (as alluded to by an online publication) is false and non existent,” Ondo PDP said.

“The party acknowledges the right of His Excellency Mr. Agboola Ajayi and of all members of the public wishing to join our fold and would accord all intending members and aspirants a warm reception as we work together to liberate our dear state from the maladministration of the APC government.”

The statement indicates that “as it has been clearly stated by the State Caretaker Chairman, Engr. Clement Faboyede, no aspirant shall be shut out of the process for picking a candidate as the party has concluded plans to guaranty free, fair, transparent and all-inclusive primaries as is the established custom of our party.”

“Please note that the PDP remains absolutely committed to the principles and ethos of democracy and all intending members are expected to fully register at their ward and also participate in all party activities.”

Read the full text of the PDP Statement;

PRESS RELEASE

RE: AKEREDOLU’S ESTRANGED DEPUTY STRIKES DEAL WITH PDP

The leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party in Ondo state wishes to inform the general public and all members of the party that the alleged “deal” supposedly struck by the incumbent Deputy Governor of the state, Hon. Agboola Ajayi (as alluded to by an online publication) is false and non existent.

We would like to assure all our aspirants and their supporters that the party does not have a preferred candidate and will ensure level playing field to all aspirants or intending aspirant. As it has been clearly stated by the State Caretaker Chairman, Engr. Clement Faboyede, no aspirant shall be shut out of the process for picking a candidate as the party has concluded plans to guaranty free, fair, transparent and all-inclusive primaries as is the established custom of our party.

Please note that the PDP remains absolutely committed to the principles and ethos of democracy and all intending members are expected to fully register at their ward and also participate in all party activities.

The party acknowledges the right of His Excellency Mr. Agboola Ajayi and of all members of the public wishing to join our fold and would accord all intending members and aspirants a warm reception as we work together to liberate our dear state from the maladministration of the APC government

We once again assure all aspirants and members of the party that the information as contained in the report is not true neither does it reflect the position of the state and national office.

Thank you

Zadok Akintoye
Director of Media and Publicity, ONDO PDP.
25th May, 2020

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