Two prominent political aides to the embattled Ondo State Governor Olusegun Mimiko resigned from their positions on Wednesday.
Oladun Aderonke Morolayo, Special Assistant to the Governor on Political Matters, and Victor Ojo, Special Assistant to the Governor on Mobilization, tendered their resignation letters on Wednesday and defected to the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) ahead of the November 26 Ondo State gubernatorial election.
It was reliably gathered that the two were leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in their respective constituencies in the State before their resignations.
Ondo State APC spokesperson Omo’ba Abayomi Adesanya confirmed the defection of the duo in a telephone chat with a SaharaReporters correspondent.
Mr. Adesanya said that the two former PDP stalwarts were received by the APC camp at the Rotimi Akeredolu governorship campaign office in Akure.
“Agboola Ajayi, the Deputy Governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the State, received both Oladun and Ojo to the party. They were received at the Akeredolu campaign office as bona fide members of All Progressives Congress family,” Mr. Adesanya said.
The spokesperson added that he urged the new APC members to “work assiduously” to ensure that Mr. Akeredolu is elected governor in the Ondo State gubernatorial election.
Aderonke Morolayo, in her letter of resignation dated November 2, 2016 and addressed to the governor, Mrs. Morolayo said, “this is to formally inform Your Excellency of my resignation from the government of Ondo State due to circumstances beyond my control.
“Your Excellency, let me also use this medium to thank and appreciate you for counting me worthy to serve the good people of Ondo State in this capacity.’’
She, however, informed the governor that his decision to have his successor from the Central Senatorial District, where he hailed from, would make Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) lose the November 26 governorship poll.
A statement by the APC’s Publicity Secretary in the state, Abayomi Adesanya, said the two politicians were received into the party by the deputy governorship candidate in the forthcoming election, Agboola Ajayi.
The statement said that the two new members had pledged to work for the success of APC in the election.
It stated that Mr. Ajayi assured the defectors of equal opportunities and urged them to work assiduously for the party’s victory and progress in the state.