The campaign organization of Deputy Governor of Ondo State, Hon Agboola Ajayi, has cautioned against disparaging comments against any of the aspirants of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, ahead of the party’s primary election.
The Director General of the Campaign Organization, Dr Kola Ademujimi, said the aim of all the aspirants of the PDP is to dislodge the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, and not to fight one another.
Ademujimi, in a statement titled “We Cannot Thank Our Teeming Supporters And Towering Party Enough,” said the comments about Ajayi being a new member of the PDP is not correct as he is a foundation member of the party. Ademujimi said the Deputy Governor’s Campaign Organization would uphold the tenets of democracy before, during and after the party’s primary, fixed for Wednesday, July 22 and the general election fixed for October 10.
He added that a political culture of decency and focus has been the hallmark of the Agboola Ajayi Campaign Organization since the commencement of the campaign to convince committed and patriotic party faithful to entrust the mandate in the hands Ajayi.
Ademujimi said, “From 1998, when he joined the PDP, till 2016 when political exigencies drove him out of the party, he has conducted himself as a bridge-builder and a conscious networker in and out the party and politics.
“His humility, uncommon large-heartedness and generosity, palpable political dexterity and convincing demonstration of political sportsmanship have consummated his wide acceptance within a short period of his return to the party he helped uphold its umbrella for 18 years.
“We are thankful for this uncommon show of love and trust, which we at the Alfred Agboola Ajayi Campaign Organization, 3ACO, have enjoyed across the 18 local government areas of Ondo State, during our statewide tour and assure you that we will never take it for granted.
“The 3ACO is proud of the untiring and creative strategies with which we presented our aspirant as a competent grassroots politician, who rose through the ranks to serve in many executive positions at both the party and government levels. “His legislative experience as a former member of the House of Representatives added to his widely accepted political resume of over three decades among our party members.
“Our campaign issues were purely about positioning our party as a formidable, organized and victory-ready political platform for the sustainable development of party men and women; as well as the non-partisan masses, technocrats and civil servants of the Sunshine State.”
Appreciating members of the Campaign Organization and well-wishers within the PDP for overcoming the temptation to disparage other contestants in spite of provocations and all odds, Ademujimi said, “As an organization, we have deliberately refrained to haul abuses at any gubernatorial aspirants, not because of lack of what to say, but due to our belief that only one person will emerge as the governorship candidate after the coming primary elections on Wednesday, 22nd of July, 2020 and such insults and invectives will be irrevocable to the detriment of the chances of our party in the long run.
“Our collective political experiences and maturity have shown that the onus will yet be on all of us as committed party members, after the primary elections, to campaign for that democratically-elected candidate of our dear party to win the October governorship election in Ondo State.
“We also like to thank our elder statesmen and women who refused to join habitual name-callers and mudslingers in taking up sticks and stones against our enchanting aspirant and his campaign organizers.”
He therefore urged members to pray and work together for a rancor-free, truly democratic, very transparent, evidently fair and generally credible process, so that whoever receives the baton to run the governorship race for the PDP, would definitely oust the current occupiers of the Government House by winning the October 2020 governorship election in Ondo State.