- It seems that all is not well in the Ondo PDP camp ahead of the governorship election
- Some PDP leaders are at odds with Eyitayo Jegede over his choice of running mate
- The PDP bigwigs in the state have claimed Jegede has refused to accept any of the names suggested to him because they are not from his caucus
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Some Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leaders in Ondo have rejected the running mate chosen by its flagbearer, Eyitayo Jegede, ahead of the governorship election in the state.
After his victory at the PDP primary, Jegede chose Gboluga Ikengboju, a member of the House of Representatives, to the dismay of party chieftains in the state.
The PDP bigwigs in Ondo accused the flagbearer of refusing to accept all the names given to him as suggestions for him to choose from because they are not among his caucus.
The leaders believe that the choice of a running mate is crucial and capable of negatively influencing the outcome of the election for the party and could cause an internal crisis if the right decision is not made.
One of the PDP stalwarts who kicked against Jegede's choice was Godday Erewa, an aspirant in the primary, who said that Jegede's position "is generating palpable tension and disenchantment and if not properly managed, the consequences would be immensely catastrophic.”
Supporting Erewa's view, a former local government chairman in Okitipupa, Solomon Bitire, said Jegede has been on a vengeance mission since his emergence as the party's candidate.
Bitire said: ”All the viable names of politicians suggested to him outside his political camps were rejected by Jegede as he insisted he cannot work with anyone of them.
”He rejected to work with Agboola Ajayi, Ondo deputy governor who angrily decamped to the Zenith Labour Party which is now described as the third force in the state."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that Jegede was facing the tough hurdle of uniting factions in the PDP before the forthcoming election.
Jegede was not enjoying the support of aspirants he defeated during the shadow poll.
On Monday, July 27, the former justice commissioner was at the PDP national secretariat in Abuja to collect his certificate of return and was accompanied by only Godday Erewa, one of the aspirants he defeated.
Members of the party's national working committee did not attend the event, which is usually marked with celebrations.
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