A Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chieftain in Ondo state and disqualified governorship aspirant, Chief Bamidele Akingboye, has asked his supporters to ensure that the embattled deputy governor, Hon Agboola Ajayi becomes the new governor.
Akingboye made this known in a statement by his Press Secretary, Oyeniyi Iwakun, on Tuesday in Akure, the state capital.
The PDP chieftain, who was disqualified by the PDP screening panel headed by former House of Representatives Speaker, Yakubu Dogara, also declared his support for Ajayi ahead of the governorship election.
Akingboye said he decided to support Ajayi after objective analysis and due consultation with his supporters, party leaders, stakeholders, friends, family and well-meaning Ondo State citizens, home and abroad.
The statement read: ”Without prejudice to others, Otunba Bamidele Benson Oluwaseyi Akingboye (OBA), has finally decided to put his weight behind the Gubernatorial Aspiration of His Excellency, Barrister Agboola Alfred Ajayi, in the fast-approaching July 22nd, 2020 Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Primaries.
“This decision is informed by the disposition of OBA Grassroot Movement after objective analysis and due consultation with supporters, party leaders, stakeholders, friends, family and well-meaning Ondo State citizens, home and abroad.
“This move has come inevitably in a bid to avoid taking chances in our quest to rescuing Ondo State, and birth a New Dawn in the lives of all and sundry via the October 10, 2020 gubernatorial poll.
”The quest for sustainable and genuine transformation of our lives, and security of our future as a state remains a common ideology and priority to Akingboye and his camp.
“Akingboye reassures of his promise to do everything possible to ensure that the battle against retrogression, oppression and inept governance in Ondo State is won and buried.
”Furthermore, he urges his supporters, party faithful, delegates and the general public to respect his decision and support the moving train of Agboola Ajayi to become the next governor of Ondo State both at the primary and state’s General Election.”
He added: “While appreciating all members and Coordinators of OBA Grassroot Movement for their steadfastness and unalloyed loyalty, Akingboye is optimistic that a new chapter is already opened in advancing the goals of the movement even as he calls for peace and unity within and beyond the party ahead of the polls.”