Former State Attorney-General, Jegede, is PDP Governorship Flag Bearer in Ondo

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has picked a former Attorney-General and Commissioner of Justice, Eyitayo Jegede to fly the party’s flag in the November 26, Ondo governorship election.
In the primaries held on Monday in Akure, the Ondo State capital and presided over by Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson, Jegede scored 760 votes to outscored his opponent, Saka Lawal, who scored 22 votes.
Jegede is from Ondo Central the same Senatorial zone the outgoing Governor Segun Mimiko hails from.
Earlier, there were speculations that party chieftains in the northern senatorial zone asked five of the aspirants from the zone to step down for Jegede.
The development further led credibility to the fear that Jegede was the “anointed” candidate of Mimiko, and would be imposed on the party as the preferred candidate.
The aspirants from the zone namely, Bamiduro Dada, Yekini Olanipekun, Dayo Fadahunsi, Nekan Olateru-Olagbegi, Bakitta Bello, Remi Okunrinboye and Gbenga Elegbeleye, had vowed to bring the party down should Jegede be imposed on members.
After Monday’s primaries their fear was not misplaced.
Also, an aspirant, Dele Ayeni, along with some party youth from the southern and northern senatorial district had protested the alleged imposition by the Governor .
The group specifically accused Mimiko of imposing Jegede on the party.
Before the primaries, a group of aspirants from the northern senatorial district met in Owo and threatened to vote against the party in the governorship election should the governor go ahead to impose Jegede on the party.
They argued that since Mimiko is from Ondo Central, his successor should naturally emerge either from the north or from the South.
Meanwhile, after Monday’s primaries that produced Jegede, some of the aspirants were said to have protested the seeming imposition, saying it might result in the party failing to win the governorship election.
Days ahead would tell how the party managed the crisis ahead the gubernatorial election on November 26.

Author: News Editor

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