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By: Adesoji Adetona
A former member of the House of Representatives from Akoko Southeast/Southwest federal constituency, Hon. Kolawole Babatunde, has declared that picking the embattled Deputy Governor of ondo state, Hon Agboola Ajayi as the governorship candidate of the the Zenith Labour Party, ZLP, will make victory of the incumbent Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu easier in the October 10 election.
He noted that with Ajayi’s joining race on the ZLP platform after losing the ticket of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) to Eyitayo Jegede show that the camp of the opposition had been divided which is good for the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
Babatunde, popularly known as “Amaechi”, made this declaration in Akure while speaking with newsmen.
The former lawmaker who is also the Special Adviser to the State Governor on Rural and Community Development, expressed confidence that Agboola Ajayi, political movement had not affected the APC and Akeredolu’s camp but it would boost the governor’s re-election.
SUNSHINETRUTH recalls that the Deputy Governor defected from the All progressives congress (APC) to the People’s Democratic party (PDP) where he, on 22nd July, 2020 contested the Party’s primary election and lost to Mr. Eyitayo Jegede SAN.
Babatunde insisted that the embattled Deputy Governor who claimed he had won the 2016 election for Akeredolu, could not even win PDP governorship primaries and wonders how he could stop Akeredolu’s second term in office.
His words: “It is pertinent to state here that only a handful of APC stalwarts followed him to the PDP as many he had relied on to defect alongside with him see no reason to do so.
“It is highly ironical that a man that has claimed that he won the 2016 governorship elections for Akeredolu could not win the governorship ticket of the PDP.
Babatunde added that ZLP lacks the wherewithal to win the election, maintaining that the party has no structure in his Akoko South East local government area, noting that party only won a seat at the last assembly election from Ondo west constituency.
The former lawmaker noted that no erstwhile administration surpassed Akeredolu in terms of achievement, especially infrastructural development.
He also hailed the Governor’s initiative on some laudable projects such as the dualization of Ikare Akoko road, ongoing major road construction in Okeagbe Akoko and rehabilitation of Oke-Oka hill and host of others in Akokoland.
Babatunde, therefore urged the electorates to support the drive for consolidation by giving him the opportunity to serve another four years.