Ondo governorship election: Jegede won’t be running mate

Ondo governorship election: Jegede won’t be running mate

- An aide to Jegede says he would not run as deputy to Ajayi

- According to the aide, Jegede is sure of victory at the primary and the main election

- Recall that there is rumour that Ajayi, the current deputy governor wants to defect to PDP

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As the political intrigues in Ondo state continue to heat up, an aide of Eyitayo Jegede, an aspirant on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has disclosed the former governorship candidate will not be a running mate to anybody.

The aide disclosed this after rumour emerged that there is a plan to make him deputy to the state's current deputy governor of Agboola Ajayi.

The rumour also indicated that one of the conditions is also that Ajayi would serve only one term.

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However, the aide denied the rumour, saying that Jegede was sure of victory at the PDP primary and main election.

Ondo governorship election: Jegede won’t be running mate
According to the aide, Jegede is sure of victory at the primary and the main election. Credit: Collage/Twitter
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that there is an ongoing battle of ego and wits in Ondo state as aspirants running on the platform of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) rejected the idea to step down for the state deputy governor, Agboola Ajayi.

Legit.ng recalled that PDP aspirants including Banji Okunomo, Elder Eddy Olafeso, Eyitayo Jegede have picked the party’s nomination forms.

Ondo deputy governor Ajayi is reportedly expected to resign this week in order to allow him to throw the hat into the ring against his boss Governor Rotimi Akeredolu.

According to the inside source, Ajayi has obtained the nomination form of the state main opposition party and he is expected to officially declare his interest ahead of the primary election.

The deputy governor has also been reaching out to top hierarchies of PDP in the state in a deal that will see other frontline aspirants peacefully bow out.

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Permutations are similarly ongoing to pair Ajayi, who might have fallen down the pecking order with his boss, Eyitayo Jegede, another political strongman in Ondo state.

Should this work out, aspirants who have obtained interest and nomination forms may bury their ambition but there are indications that Ajayi may not have a quick soft land.

The deputy governor, through his media aide, had earlier positioned that there is no constitutional provision mandating him to resign before contesting.

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Legit.ng reported that INEC had set some parameters that would be used during voting exercises at the forthcoming Ondo and Edo gubernatorial elections.

The conditions were given at INEC's first virtual meeting held on Wednesday, June 3, which was convened by its national chairman, Prof Mahmood Yakubu.

Speaking at the meeting, INEC's national commissioner, Okechukwu Ibeanu, made it plain that there must be compulsory wearing of face masks by all voters.

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Ibeanu stated that anyone who refuses to wear or is found without a face mask at polling units will be asked to leave the place.

Added to this, the national commissioner said that no face branded by any political party will be accepted during voting.

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