Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu has picked a former Commissioner in the Niger Delta Development Commission Lucky Aiyedatiwa, as his running mate for the October 10 governorship polls.
Akeredolu, who disclosed this on Wednesday at the swearing-in of new aides, said Aiyedatiwa has verifiable credentials and that the decision to pick him was taken after wide consultations with party leaders.
“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,” said the governor.
Akeredolu noted that ‘‘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, settled 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.”
Ayedatiwa is a native of Obe-Nla, an oil-bearing community in Ilaje Local Government Area of Ondo State and was born on January 12, 1965.