Akeredolu, deputy split over 2020 governorship race

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Reconciliation between Ondo State Governor Rotimi Akeredolu (SAN) and his estranged deputy, Agboola Ajayi, has hit the rocks, it was learnt on Tuesday

Party elders, who expressed worry over the sour relationship, lamented that there was no end in sight to the acrimony.

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According to party sources, the bone of contention is the struggle for the governorship ticket of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state. The election will hold next year.

It was gathered, however,  that the camp of the governor is not pushing for Ajayi’s impeachment by the House of Assembly because of his perceived popularity with majority of the lawmakers.

Akeredolu handpicked Ajayi, a former House of Representatives member, as running mate in 2016, shortly after emerging as the APC standard bearer.

The deputy governor is from Ese Odo Local Government, in the Southern part of the state, where Akeredolu’s mother hails from.

Ajayi, who learned politics at the feet of Chief Olusola Oke (SAN), is popular in the South Senatorial District, where he had held political positions at the grassroots.

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According to sources, Akeredolu often relied on him for strategic advice as a grassroots actor, adding that his loyalty endeared him to the governor.

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