By DAPO FALADE
Former governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose, has urged the deputy governor of Ondo State and Zenith Labour Party (ZLP)candidate in the state governorship election, Agboola Ajayi, to return to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
According to a statement on Saturday, by his spokesperson, Lere Olayinka, the former governor made the call when Ajayi visited him in his Afao Ekiti country home on Friday.
Fayose said: “It is important for him (Agboola Ajayi) to put the past behind, return to the PDP and join hands with other leaders in the state to rebuild the party.”
He said there was no denying the fact that Ajayi is a force to be reckoned with in the politics of Ondo State, adding that the deputy governor will thrive better politically in a mainstream and liberal political party like the PDP.
“What I can tell you like a brother is that the past should be put behind you and the future should be focused on realistically.
“The best option before you now is to return to the PDP and I am encouraging you to give it a consideration because you need the party and the party too needs a strong political character like you,” Fayose said.
Responding, the Ondo deputy governor commended Fayose for what he described as his credible leadership in the South-West and the country as a whole.
He described Fayose as a clear minded personality, who will say his mind not minding whose ox is gored, adding: “I have come to Afao Ekiti at this hour of the day to wish a friend, brother and leader a happy birthday at 60.
“Fayose is one person I have great respect for and I will continue to relate with him because he is not someone who will not tell you A when he means B. His yes is yes and when he says no, he means no,” Ajayi said.