By Dayo Johnson Vanguard
AKURE- STRONG indications emerged, weekend, that the frosty relationship Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State and his deputy, Mr. Agboola Ajayi was far from been resolved. Barring any last minutes changes, Ajayi may be dropped as the deputy governorship candidate in the July governorship primary of the All Progressives Congress, APC.
Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti state and other chieftains of the party were said to have intervened, but the face-off lingered on. Vanguard, however, gathered that Akeredolu’s estranged deputy has reportedly struck a deal with the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, on his possible defection to the party to pick the governorship ticket.
A member of the Ondo State House of Assembly confided in Vanguard Ajayi may defect with no fewer than eight members of the Assembly any moment from now. But the source said Ajayi was considering opting out because the national leadership of the APC is considering the indirect mode to pick its candidate for Ondo State. The PDP deal was discretely facilitated by two PDP governors from North-West and South-south respectively. The lawmaker said: “You know that Akeredolu is in charge of the delegates and the deputy governor has vowed to contest against the governor if the APC goes ahead to field him. “This is expected to play out shortly after the APC NWC’s pronouncement of the indirect mode of primary for Ondo state.