Governor Rotimi Akeredolu has reportedly picked Mr Lucky Ayedatiwa as his running mate in the forthcoming Ondo governorship election.
Naija News reports that Ayedatiwa is a former representative of the state on the Board of Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).
Ayedatiwa who is from oil-rich ilaje council area of the state is expected to run with Akeredolu in the October 10 election if his name is not substituted before August 18, 2020 deadline by INEC.
Speaking on his decision to pick Ayedatiwa, Akeredolu said: “The leaders of the party have made wide consultations to choose the most suitable candidate as running mate in the forthcoming gubernatorial election in the state.
“We have concluded that Mr. Lucky Orimisan Aiyedatiwa is the appropriate choice given the prevailing circumstances in the political arena at present.
”This person has been with us since the beginning of this political journey in 2012. In arriving at this choice, some important factors assisted the leaders of this great party. We have decided to sever ties with mediocrity and treachery.
“There is indeed no art to find the mind’s construction in the face. We are also not in any position to change yesterday. We must, however, allow the experiences of the immediate past to guide our decision.
”A candidate with verifiable credentials and pedigree has been chosen to complete the last part of the gubernatorial race. We may not have chosen a saint and the best but let it not be said that we, either wittingly or otherwise, settle for an avowed hater of human beings and good things, an enemy of his own people and a serial forger. We owe our people the duty of care in this regard”.
This online news platform reports that Akeredolu, who is a candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), will contest the election against Eyitayo Jegede (SAN), the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Akeredolu’s deputy, Agboola Ajayi, had defected to the PDP after a break down of relation between the duo.