BY TOPE FAYEHUN, Akure
Contrary to the speculations that he didn’t want Ondo State deputy governor, Hon Agboola Ajayi as his running mate, the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the forthcoming governorship election in Ondo State, Eyitayo Jegede (SAN), has disclosed that it was Ajayi that refused to be his deputy.
Jegede who said that the deputy governor’s ambition is to be a governor under a political party noted that that was the reason Ajayi left the APC to PDP and later defected to ZLP when he was defeated in the primary of the PDP.
Ajayi had defected from the ruling All Progressives Congress(APC) to the People Democratic Party(PDP) contested the party’s primary but lost to Jegede.
Speaking for the first time on the matter while featuring on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily, Jegede said Ajayi could not have been his running mate because the deputy governor’s ambition was to become a governor.
According to the PDP candidate, “Ajayi was part of the “failure” of the Akeredolu’s administration that PDP is campaigning against.”
The legal luminary said, “I took opinions from virtually everybody. People chose who becomes my running mate. When a choice is made we must respect it. One should not allow his ambition to override the choice of the people.
“All the policies that we are fighting, the pains we want to end are the product of Akeredolu and his deputy.’’
On the southwest security outfit, codenamed Amotekun, Jegede promised to strengthen the operations of Amotekun in the state if elected.
Jegede who said,” Amotekun will stay without political influence. We must protect our people,’’ and he also assured the people of the state that he would reduce the tuition of state-owned tertiary institutions.
He, however, noted that “funding of the institutions won’t be an issue if I am elected.”