The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ondo State said it would gladly receive embattled Ondo Deputy Governor Ajayi Agboola into its fold.
It however said there was no automatic ticket for the Deputy Governor.
There were reports at the weekend that some Governors have brokered a deal with Agboola with a view to fielding him as candidate of the PDP against Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu.
Some sources said the deal was sealed by the National Working Committee of the PDP and facilitated by two PDP governors (from North west and south south respectively).
But the Ondo chapter of the PDP, in a statement by its Publicity Secretary, Mr. Zadok Akintoye, assured all PDP governorship aspirants the party does not have a preferred candidate and would ensure level playing field to all aspirants or intending aspirant.
The statement said no aspirant would be shut out of the process for picking a candidate, saying the party has concluded plans to guaranty free, fair, transparent and all-inclusive primaries as is the established custom of our party.
According to the statement: “Please note that the PDP remains absolutely committed to the principles and ethos of democracy and all intending members are expected to fully register at their ward and also participate in all party activities.
“The party acknowledges the right of His Excellency Mr. Agboola Ajayi and of all members of the public wishing to join our fold and would accord all intending members and aspirants a warm reception as we work together to liberate our dear state from the maladministration of the APC government
“We once again assure all aspirants and members of the party that the information as contained in the report is not true neither does it reflect the