The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) says Ondo deputy governor, Agboola Ajayi, dumped the party because he's desperate to become governor.

Ajayi dumped the All Progressives Congress (APC) and joined the PDP in June 2020 after falling out with incumbent Governor Rotimi Akeredolu who's contesting for a second term in office.

With a very public ambition to also appear on the ballot for the October 10 governorship election, the deputy governor contested in the PDP's primary election but lost the party's ticket to Eyitayo Jegede.

After weeks of speculation over where his loyalties lie, Ajayi announced on Monday, August 10 that he's leaving the PDP to realise his governorship ambition.

In reaction to his exit, Ondo PDP spokesperson, Kennedy Peretei, said the deputy governor abused the privilege he was accorded by the party's supporters who welcomed him.

"He also proved that he is desperate to become the Governor of Ondo State.

"In the days to come, it will dawn on him that, he has squandered whatever was remaining in his goodwill with this decision," he said.

Ajayi (right) is eyeing Governor Akeredolu's seat, and is very certain to appear on the ballot before the October 10 election [The Sun]
Ajayi (right) is eyeing Governor Akeredolu's seat, and is very certain to appear on the ballot before the October 10 election [The Sun]

Peretei said Ajayi's exit will not affect the party's chances at the polls, noting that Jegede is a 'credible and competent candidate'.

Ajayi is expected to officially announce his membership of the Zenith Labour Party (ZLP) soon.

The 51-year-old will replace the party's governorship candidate, Benjamin Olarotimi, on the ballot ahead of the August 18 deadline set by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

The October 10 election, contested by a total of 17 candidates, is expected to be keenly contested between Akeredolu and Jegede.