Just In: Why I Picked Lucky Aiyedatiwa As Running Mate –Akeredolu


Ondo Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu has unveiled Mr. Lucky Aiyedatiwa as his running mate for the governorship election in the state.

Akeredolu said after a widespread consultation with the party’s hierarchy, he picked Aiyedatiwa, who is a former Commissioner in the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC)

Unveiling his running mate at the swearing-in of new aides, the Governor hinted that Aiyedatiwa is the appropriate choice considering his bickerings with his deputy, Agboola Ajayi, which almost cost him the APC ticket.

He added that Aiyedatiwa possessed verifiable credentials and has contributed to his political journey over the years.

In his words: “The leaders of the party have made wide consultations to choose the most suitable candidate as running mate in the forthcoming gubernatorial election in the state. We have concluded that Mr. Lucky Orimisan Aiyedatiwa is the appropriate choice given the prevailing circumstances in the political arena at present.

”This person has been with us since the beginning of this political journey in 2012. In arriving at this choice, some important factors assisted the leaders of this great party. We have decided to sever ties with mediocrity and treachery.

“There is indeed no art to find the mind’s construction in the face. We are also not in any position to change yesterday. We must, however, allow the experiences of the immediate past to guide our decision.

“A candidate with verifiable credentials and pedigree has been chosen to complete the last part of the gubernatorial race. We may not have chosen a saint and the best but let it not be said that we, either wittingly or otherwise, settle for an avowed hater of human beings and good things, an enemy of his own people and a serial forger. We owe our people the duty of care in this regard.”

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'Dotun Akintomide's journalism works intersect business, environment, politics and developmental issues. Among a number of local and international publications, his work has appeared in the New York Times. He's a winner of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) Award. Currently, the Online Editor at The New Diplomat, Akintomide has produced reports that uniquely spoke to Nigeria's experience on Climate Change issues. When Akintomide is not writing, volunteering or working on a media project, you can find him seeing beautiful sites like the sandy beaches that bedecked the Lagos coastline.

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