- The PDP's governorship candidate in Ondo state, Eyitayo Jegede, has picked his running mate, Gboluga Ikengboju
- INEC had fixed Tuesday, August 17, as the deadline for the substitution of names of governorship candidates and deputies for the Ondo governorship election
- Ikengboju is a lawmaker representing Irele/Okitipupa constituency in the House of Representatives
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Apparently determined to meet the deadline set up by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for the nomination and substitution of candidate names, the standard-bearer of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the Ondo election, Eyitayo Jegede, has picked his running mate.
Legit.ng reports that Jegede said on Monday, August 17, via a tweet that he has picked Gboluga Ikengboju, a member of the House of Representatives, as his running mate.
Ikengboju currently represents Irele/Okitipupa constituency in the House of Representatives. He is also the deputy chairman of the Reps committee on delegated legislation.
He tweeted: “In the task of rebuilding the confidence of our people in their government and in restoring hope for a better life under a PDP administration in Ondo state, and following extensive consultations with leaders of our party, I am pleased to announce that Hon. Gboluga Ikengboju will be working with me in seeking your mandate in the October 10, 2020 governorship election.
Jegede will slug it out with the incumbent governor of Ondo state, Rotimi Akeredolu of the APC and his deputy governor, Agboola Ajayi of the ZLP, on October 10.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the PDP was in a dilemma over who becomes Jegede's running mate.
It was reported that Jegede clinched the PDP ticket by polling 888 to defeat his closest rival, Agboola Ajayi, who got 657 votes.
In another report, PDP stated that the defection of Ajayi from the party on Monday, August 10, was a sign of desperation in the deputy governor's political journey.
In a statement released by Kennedy lkantu Peretei, who is the party's publicity secretary, the PDP said Agboola's defection would not have any effect on the coming election.
PDP stated that though it has not received the official letter of Ajayi's resignation, it will continue to wish the unsettled deputy governor well in his political journey.
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