Fayose Meets Ondo Dep Gov, Urges Him To Return To PDP

Former Governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose has urged the Deputy Governor of Ondo State and candidate of the Zenith Labour Party (ZLP) in October governorship election in the state, Agboola Ajayi, to return to the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).

According to a statement on Saturday, by his Spokesperson, Lere Olayinka, the former governor made the call when the deputy governor visited him in his Afao Ekiti country home on Friday night.

Fayose said, “it is important for him [Agboola Ajayi] to put the past behind, return to PDP and join hands with other leaders in the State to rebuild the party.”

He noted that there was no denying the fact that Ajayi is a “force to be reckoned with” in the politics of Ondo State, adding that the deputy governor will thrive better politically in a mainstream and liberal political party like the PDP.

“What I can tell you like a brother is that the past should be put behind you and the future should be focused on realistically.

“The best option before you now is to return to the PDP and I am encouraging you to give it a consideration because you need the party and the party too needs a strong political character like you,” Fayose said.


Responding, the deputy governor commended Fayose for his “credible leadership” in the Southwest and the country as a whole.

He described the former governor as a “clear minded personality,” who will say his mind not minding whose ox is gored.

“I have come to Afao Ekiti at this hour of the day to wish a friend, brother and leader a happy birthday at 60.

“Fayose is one person I have great respect for and I will continue to relate with him because he is not someone who will not tell you A when he means B. His yes is yes and when he says no, he means no,” Ajayi said.

Recall that the Ondo deputy governor left the All Progressives Congress (APC) in June to join the PDP.

He also left the PDP for ZLP in August after he lost the party’s governorship ticket to Eyitayo Jegede.

In the October 10 governorship election, the incumbent, Governor Rotimi Akeredolu defeated Jegede and Ajayi to secure reelection.

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