Ondo election: 5 PDP governors back Ajayi’s ZLP move, shun Jegede

Ondo election: 5 PDP governors back Ajayi’s ZLP move, shun Jegede

- It is not yet a clear coast for Eyitayo Jedege with less than four months to Ondo guber poll

- Five PDP governors have reportedly backed Agboola Ajayi to contest on the platform of ZLP

- This has left a crack in the opposition party but to the advantage of the ruling APC

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The drama of intrigues in the Ondo guber race has taken another dimension as Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) may find it difficult to give the All Progressives Congress (APC) as tough battle come October with an unsettled house.

According to emerging reports, the emergence of Eyitayo Jegede as the Ondo PDP candidate has created a fracture in the party as five governors have thrown their weight behind the embattled Ondo deputy governor Agboola Ajayi.

It would be recalled that Ajayi, who has fallen down the pecking order with his principal Governor Rotimi Akeredolu, lost the PDP primary held on Wednesday, July 22, in Ondo state to Jedege.

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Jegede defeated seven other aspirants, including Ajayi who recently dumped the ruling APC to fight for the PDP's ticket.

The senior lawyer, who had served as the Ondo state commissioner of justice and attorney general, polled 888 votes to dislodge Ajayi who polled 657 votes.

Ondo election: 5 PDP governors back Ajayi’s ZLP move, shun Jegede

Five PDP governors have reportedly backed Agboola Ajayi to contest on the platform of ZLP. Credit: The Nation.
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Jegede's victory was said to have been made easier because he enjoyed the backing of former vice president, Atiku Abubakar, who is reported to be eyeing the 2023 presidential slot of the opposition party.

But the political plot that saw Ajayi axed out of the guber race was said to have angered five PDP governors who are now massively throwing weight behind the deputy governor to contest on the platform of Zenith Labour Party (ZLP).

Also, Jegede's jettison of Ajayi for John Ola Mafo as his running mate was said to have created a crack with less than four months to the governorship election in Ondo state.

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that ahead of the gubernatorial election in Ondo, Governor Akeredolu on Wednesday, July 29, finally made his choice of running mate.

The running mate, Lucky Ayedatiwa, was picked by Governor Akeredolu on Wednesday during the swearing-in ceremony of his new aides.

A native of Ilaje local government area, Ayedatiwa was a commissioner in the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).

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