The Ondo state chapter of the Zenith Labour Party (ZLP) has denied planning to collapse its structure for the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, or the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
According to a statement issued by its Publicity Secretary, Felix Olatunde, on Saturday in Akure, the party said the report was concocted and circulated by opposition elements due to its popularity and its candidate.
Olatunde also noted that the party’s leaders and members are behind its governorship candidate and deputy governor of the state, Agboola Ajayi. He added that the national leader of the party and former governor of the state, Olusegun Mimiko is still supporting the candidacy of Ajayi.
“For the umpteenth time, the Zenith Labour Party wishes to state that our leader, Dr Olusegun Mimiko, is busy working to rally local and national support for our party and our candidate, Agboola Ajayi.
“He (Mimiko) will not succumb to any pressure, real or imagined, to support any other candidate, as reported in one of the national dailies,” Olatunde said.
“We welcome all who may wish to join us to work for the election of Agboola Ajayi as governor of Ondo State.
“We restate the above as a result of the consistent falsehood being pushed into the media to weaken our unity and create doubts in the hearts of the electorate. We, in particular, say that the story in the national newspaper is false in its entirety.
“Again, Mimiko is working to rally local and national support for our candidate, who obviously has become the strongest to oust the underperforming government of Rotimi Akeredolu,” the statement added.