Popular business magnate, Otunba Rotimi Ajanaku, has said that the need to save his political career made him dump the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, for the opposition Zenith Labour Party.
Ajanaku, who spoke at a press conference to officially declare for ZLP, contested the APC primaries alongside Hon. Saheed Ajibade-Fijabi, who is running for the third term to represent Ibadan North West / South West federal constituency seat in the House of Representatives.
According to Ajanaku who had secured the ticket of the ZLP to represent the constituency, it is in the bid to show his followers the right direction.
Saying that he clearly defeated Fijabi in the primaries, he alleged that “many votes were added in favour of the lawmaker by Mr Demola Seriki-led Electoral commiteee that supervises the primaries held on October 4, 2018.”
Ajanaku said the the appeal panel was compelled to succumb to the intense pressure from the clique to disregard his appeal, adding that “In spite of my petition backed up with ample video evidence of the ‘robbery’, the powers-that-be influenced the appeal panel judgement.”
He added that “he decided to wait patiently for the panel’s verdict before calling for this press conference, I refrained from whatever May truncate the appeal process of the National Working Committee, NWC, of the All Progressives Congress, APC. Now that the pane had taken a position, it is incumbent on me to inform the general public about what transpired, and my next line of actions.
“In view of persistent pressure from my supporters and electorates who are already tired of the member representing the federal constituency, I, Otunba Rotimi Ajanaku, has decided to run for the House of Representatives on the platform of Zenith Labour Party, ZLP, since there is no provision for independent candidacy.
“Although, it is a painful decision that needs to be taken, judging by my investment in the Progressives since the days of the Alliance for Democracy, AD. However, I must save my political career from extinction. As an accomplished plight of my loyalists who have at different times put their lives on the line for my political pursuit. They should not labour in vain.”