The hope of no fewer than 10 chieftains of the All Progressives Congress in Ondo State eyeing the deputy governorship seat were dashed yesterday by Governor Rotimi Akeredolu.
Akeredolu, according to a reliable source, has forwarded the name of a former representative of the state on the Board of Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Hon Lucky Ayedatiwa,as his running mate for the October 10 election to INEC on Monday to beat the deadline which was yesterday.
High wire politicking had characterised who should occupy the seat after the former deputy governor, Hon Agboola Ajayi, resigned from the party but refused to abdicate the seat.
Our source reliably gathered that those interested in the position went as far as lobbying party national leaders across the country and even the wife of the governor, Betty Anyanwu Akeredolu, to put in a word for them.
Those that showed interest according to findings include Chief Paul Akintelure, Hon. Lucky Ayedatiwa, a former chairman of Federal Character Commission, Hon.Abayomi Sheba, a former governorship aspirant in the 2016 election, Hon. Akinrinsola Odunayo, a former governorship aspirant in the just concluded primary, Hon. Jimi Odimayo, a former council chairman, Hon.Otito Atikase, Princess Oladuni Odu, a member of the State House of Assembly, Hon Abayomi Babatunde Akinruntan amongst others.
Three persons, Princess Odu, Chief Akintelure and Ayedatiwa were shortlisted last weekend but the inner caucus of the governor zeroed down on Lucky Ayedatiwa following the pressure from a close acquittance of the governor.
Akeredolu according to sources decided to go for one of the traditional members of the party and not anyone with the antecedent of the Peoples Democratic Party following his experience with his estranged deputy, Hon Agboola Ajayi. Ajayi moved from PDP to the APC four years ago.