Candidate of the Zenith Labour Party (ZLP) in Ondo Stste and the State’s Deputy Governor, Hon Agboola Ajayi, on Sunday denied insinuations by some party chieftains that he was cash- strapped.
In a swift riposte, his media adviser, Mr Allen Sowore who spoke on the issue, said it was untrue that he (Agboola) could not source fund to launch his governorship campaigns.
Some chieftains of the ZLP had said those that pledged to sponsor Agboola’s campaign had not released funds, which was why the party had yet to launch its campaigns.
The chieftains said political activities in the ZLP were in limbo due to lack of funding.
They claimed paucity of fund accounted for the inability of the ZLP to erect billboards and place posters across the 18 local governments.
One of them reportedly said: “As at now, we are stranded in ZLP. Before he joined the party, he told us that he has N10 billion to finance his election but I doubt if he has spent up to N10million since he defected from PDP to ZLP.
“Go to all local governments, you will hardly see his billboards and posters. Even in his own local government, Ese-Odo, Agboola Ajayi billboards and posters are scanty.
“Our prayer is that he returns to Akure with huge money so that we can kick start our campaigns because this is very disappointing.
“It is disheartening that 30 days to the election, ZLP is yet to appoint Director-General, set up committees and draw up plans for the campaign.”
Sowore said the fake report was sponsored by the All Progressives Congress (APC) and its governorship candidate, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu.
He said the report was aimed at discouraging Agboola’s huge supporters.
He said the ZLP had become a movement ready to confine the government of one man, his wife, son, clan, and clique to the dustbin of history in Ondo State.
He said the greatest resources required by the Deputy Governor and ZLP candidate in such a democratic adventure were clear sense of mission, grace of God and the unalloyed support and goodwill of the people.
He stated all logistics, strategies and resources required to win the October 10 governorship election in favour of the party were available and would be deployed in the state without hindrance.
He said: “The All Progressives Congress in Ondo State and Governor Rotimi Akeredolu have become so desperate because of the imminent defeat staring at them.
“The people of Ondo State and the general public should be rest assured that all the shenanigans and chicanery of Akeredolu and APC would bring them nothing but failure and shame because the good people of Ondo State have already taken the right decision to break free from the imposed hardship and economic quagmire orchestrated by the bad policies of Governor Rotimi Akeredolu and his co adventurers in government.
“Akeredolu’s present spending habit which gives an impression that Ondo State is his personal fiefdom shall be halted as the people shall speak on October 10 through their votes.”