The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ondo State, has asked Agboola Ajayi, the deputy governor, to resign without further delay.
Ajayi resigned from the ruling party over the weekend, and defected to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), after a protracted crisis between him and governor Rotimi Akeredolu.
The APC, in a statement signed by its Publicity Secretary, Rotimi Fashakin, said it is better for the deputy governor to honourably resign, since he was sponsored by the party on the same ticket with Akeredolu.
The party said it is worrisome and unfortunate that Ajayi and Akeredolu ended their journey, which started peacefully few years ago.
“We wished Ajayi had not taken this decision, after a series of efforts and attempts by royal fathers and party leaders, from within and outside the state to forestall this migration,” the party said.
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“The State Working Committee is taken aback by a reported statement credited to Ajayi that he would remain the deputy governor as long as his people have not asked him to quit. This statement is vexatious.
“It is imperative to remind Ajayi that he ran on an APC ticket given to Akeredolu and both were sponsored by the party. Now that he chooses to defect, the party advises Ajayi to toe the path of wisdom, and resign honourably.”
The APC said it will be willing to reabsorb him and his followers, whenever he decides to return to the party.