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Following the sudden defection of the House of Representatives candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, for Abeokuta South Federal Constituency, Owolabi Balogun, to the All Progressives Congress, APC, speculation has started going around within the state capital that the former chairman of Abeokuta South local government, Abiodun Ajayi may emerge the candidate for the party.
Ajayi, who served as the chairman of the local government in the past, came second to Owolabi at the PDP primaries
Sources close to the former Local government boss confirmed to our correspondent in Abeokuta that there have been moves within the leadership of the PDP in the state, persuading Ajayi to take up the challenge.
The sources, however, did not confirm whether or not Ajayi had accepted to fly PDP flag in the February 16 polls.
“If the former chairman eventually runs for the position, it will no doubt be a game changer as people of his constituency have not forgotten his exploits while serving as chairman.
“It is on record that he touched every facet of human endeavor in the local area covering education, health, safety, and the economy.
“He constructed schools and rehabilitated some. He initiated the daily cleaning of the roads in the metropolis and left other enduring legacies.” The source said.
Speaking with our reporter, a resident of Itoko, Mr. Azeez Kufile said the people of the federal constituency would want him to contest for the position saying he must come to replicate what he did as chairman.
He said, “Ajayi must contest for the position. If it takes begging we must begin. When he was chairman, he transformed the local government all around. He touched education, roads, and everything.
“He means quality. He means service. He is a man of his word. He is a politician ready to make a difference at every opportunity.”