Ahead of the forthcoming governorship election in Ondo State, the embattled deputy governor of the state and the candidate of Zenith Labour Party(ZLP), Hon Agboola Ajayi, on Thursday, dismissed report of alliance with the People Democratic Party(PDP) and its candidate Mr Eyitayo Jegede in the election.
Agboola who made the denial in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary (CPS) Mr Babatope Okeowo, said there was no iota of truth in the news, saying it was designed to discourage his teeming supporters.
Agboola alleged that the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) as the author of the publication, saying the development was coming out some 24 hours after the state government prevented him from using the state facility for his flag-off campaign.
Agboola said the camp of the APC and Akeredolu has been jittery over his rising profile and support towards his aspiration to rescue the state from the misrule of Akeredolu’s government in the state.
The statement stated that “this publication like the previous one from the same author is not only fake but planted by the information machinery of the outgoing governor of Ondo State, Mr Oluwarotimi Akeredolu to discourage the teeming supporters of the Deputy Governor.
“That said publication was coming barely 24 hours after the State Government prevented the Deputy Governor the use of government facility for the launch of his campaign showed their sinister motives.
“Let it be known to the members of the public that there is no romance between the candidate of ZLP and that of PDP after the governorship primary that produced Eyitayo Jegede as the candidate of PDP.
“There was no offer and rejection of running mate from the PDP leadership or Jegede to Ajayi as insinuated by the fake publication.
“The said publication has failed to prove any nexus between the two candidates and tried unsuccessfully also to impugn the character of the Deputy Governor.
“We say emphatically that the Deputy Governor is winning the forthcoming governorship election slated for October 10, and he is willing to welcome candidates or other political parties who may wish to support his aspiration to rescue the state from the misrule of Akeredolu’s government.”