The deputy governor of Ondo State, Mr. Agboola Ajayi, has denied reports which claim that he begged members of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP for the Governorship ticket.
The Chief Press Secretary to the Deputy Governor, Mr. Babatope Okeowo, made it known that his principal has not met with any PDP governorship aspirants not to talk of asking any of them to step down for him.
The press secretary’s remarks contradicts the statements made by three of the aspirants who spoke to Vanguard saying that he (Ajayi) approached each of them with the intention of receiving the PDP governorship ticket.
One of the aspirants told Vanguard that: “His message was that we should step down for him to pick the ticket of the party in the zone.
“He told me that he has the joker that could win the October 10 governorship election in the state if given the party’s ticket.
“But I sincerely advised him to vie for the senate seat and that if he insists on the governorship ticket; he should be ready to test his popularity in the July party primary.
“He cannot come on the eve of the primary election to hijack the ticket. It is never done. What would be our lot after spending millions of naira to oil our individual ambitions?”
However, the press secretary stated that the allegation is simply a means by the PDP to score cheap political points.
Okeowo said: “It is all politics. How many of them would he ask to step down for him? They should stop using the name of the deputy governor to score cheap political points. He has not told anybody he wants to contest.
“He is not interested in the position and they should stop using him as a pawn. Whoever wants to contest should go ahead and obtain the form and stop dragging the name of the deputy governor into this.
“How will he tell those aspirants, who have seen themselves as the next governor, to step down for him?
“If they want to campaign, they should go ahead and campaign and stop using his name as a campaign tool.”