- The PDP in Ondo state may soon witness massive defection over the outcome of its primary election
- Sources said party chieftains who were not happy with the result were already in talks with Governor Akeredolu
- The state's deputy governor who recently defected to the PDP is also reportedly considering joining another party after failing to clinch the party's guber ticket
The victory of Eyitayo Jegede as the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) may tear the party apart, according to a report by The Nation.
The newspaper reports that the PDP may suffer massive defection, stating that sources in the opposition party said some chieftains were already in talks with Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu.
The sources also reported said some other chieftains including the deputy governor, Agboola Ajayi, met with former Governor Olusegun Mimiko, the leader of the Zenith Labour Party.
Legit.ng gathers that the source said PDP leaders from Ondo South felt that it is the turn of the zone to produce governor but lost out of power play in both the APC and the PDP.
“Our PDP leaders presently in talks with Governor Akeredolu know that the governor has four years and it, therefore, means power would easily come to the south in 2024.
“They are against Jegede because they cannot wait for an extra eight years in case Jegede wins the election,” a source was quoted to have said.
Meanwhile, it was also gathered that the deputy governor recently met with Mimiko for possible talks of picking ZLP ticket.
The party had earlier picked Hon Rotimi Benjamin as its candidate but the ongoing negotiations might see the party substituting his name for a more powerful candidate.
A source, however, said Mimiko has not offered a definitive response.
Nonetheless, the media adviser to the deputy governor, Allen Sowore, said his boss was still consulting with stakeholders, adding that he would announce the next line of action next week.
Meanwhile, a governorship aspirant in the just concluded primary election of the APC in Ondo state, Nathaniel Adojutelegan, has also filed a petition against the victory of Governor Akeredolu.
The petitioner appeared before the nine-man appeal committee led by Emperor Chris Baywood Ibe at the party’s national secretariat, Abuja.
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