Ondo State governor Rotimi Akeredolu on Saturday, July 18, revealed that he made a wrong choice by picking Agboola Ajayi as his running mate in the last governorship election.
Akeredolu made this disclosure in Igbekebo, the headquarters of Ese-Odo Local Government Area during his “meet the delegates” tour ahead of the Monday governorship primary election of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
He said despite the criticisms and attacks from various quarters alleging that Ajayi, who recently defected to Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), is his cousin, he felt that he had made a choice but a wrong choice.
According to him, he was happy that Ajayi showed his true colour at this period. He described his exit from the party as a cleansing for the better performance of the party.
Akeredolu, however, thanked members and leaders of the party in Ese-Odo for standing firm and not leaving the APC with Ajayi.
He added it showed that his decision was not acceptable to the people.
The governor urged the party delegates to vote for him in the next Monday primary election of the party; noting that he was prepared to do more for the people of the state.
Akeredolu also thanked the people for their supports in the previous elections; and the love shown to him with their steadfastness.
He said his administration has done a lot in the local government; assuring that more development will come to the town if reelected.
Meanwhile, the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, on Saturday, July 18, slammed reports; that he has decided to run for the office of the president in 2023.
Lawan’s denial is coming on the heels of speculations that he could run for the highest office in the land; after President Muhammadu Buhari’s second term in office elapses.
However, Lawan explained that it was too early for anyone to start harbouring ambitions for 2023.
The statement partly read; “The attention of the office of the President of the Senate has been drawn to a rather puerile media report that the Senate President; Ahmad Lawan is making plans to run for president in 2023. The report was first published by the Daily Independent newspaper of Friday, 17th July 2020; and reproduced later by the Sahara Reporters.
“The report apparently has its source in beer parlour gossips; and should be treated with the contempt; which it and those who concocted it deserves.
“It is true that the Senate President was involved in the consultations that President Muhammadu Buhari held; prior to the last emergency meeting of the National Executive Committee of the ruling All Progressives Congress.