Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, has announced Lucky Ayedatiwa as his running mate for the October 10, 2020, governorship election in the state.
The governor made the confirmation on Wednesday at the swearing-in ceremony of a new commissioner, Idowu Otetubi, in Akure, the state capital.
While announcing his choice, Akeredolu said he picked Ayedatiwa after wide consultations with key stakeholders including leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state and the national body.
According to him, his running mate possesses verifiable credentials that qualify him for the position.
”The leaders of the party have made wide consultations to choose the most suitable candidate as running mate in the forthcoming gubernatorial election in the State. We have concluded that Mr Lucky Orimisan Aiyedatiwa is the appropriate choice given the prevailing circumstances in the political arena at present,” the governor said.
”This person has been with us since the beginning of this political journey in 2012. In arriving at this choice, some important factors assisted the leaders of this great party.
“We have decided to sever ties with mediocrity and treachery.
“There is indeed no art to find the mind’s construction in the face. We are also not in any position to change yesterday. We must, however, allow the experiences of the immediate past to guide our decision.
”A candidate with verifiable credentials and pedigree has been chosen to complete the last part of the gubernatorial race.
“We may not have chosen a saint and the best but let it not be said that we, either wittingly or otherwise, settle for an avowed hater of human beings and good things, an enemy of his own people and a serial forger.
“We owe our people the duty of care in this regard.”
Ayedatiwa, a former representative of the state on the board of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), hails from the Ilaje Local Government Area.
Akeredolu, the APC governorship candidate, will face Eyitayo Jegede of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), and 15 other candidates in the governorship election.