Following the declaration of Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as the winner of the just concluded governorship election in Ondo state, Legit.ng brings you reasons Eyitayo Jegede of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) lost the election to the incumbent.
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Recall that Akeredolu scored 292,830 votes to Jegede’s 195,751 votes and Ajayi’s 60,051 votes.
Here are possible reasons why Eyitayo lost:
1. The Ondo central situation
One thing that went against Eyitayo Jegede from the outset is the fact that he came from Ondo central. The last governor of the state before Akeredolu took over, Olusegun Mimiko, was from the central senatorial district also. The idea that another governor wants to come from the central worked against the PDP candidate.
2. Failure to unite with Agboola Ajayi
After defeating Agboola Ajayi at the PDP's primary, some stakeholders wanted Jegede to choose Ajayi as his running mate, but the former attorney general refused. This action led to Ajayi's defection to another party. Had they united, things might have been different today.
3. Lack of absolute support from PDP governors
Jegede did not see the overwhelming support from PDP's governors compared to how they mobilised in support of Godwin Obaseki of Edo state.
4. 2024 game plan
As earlier mentioned, Jegede failed partly because he came from the central senatorial district. Now people from the southern area threw their weight behind Akeredolu because they see him as their easiest path to the governorship position which has eluded them since Agagu was sacked by the tribunal. To them, four more years for Akeredolu is better, unlike Jegede who would want to go for another term.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that without any iota of doubt, Akeredolu's reelection would not have been made easy if the power of incumbency did not play out.
The governor won the first governorship of the state in 2016, defeating Jegede and other political candidates, though his victory was contested in the court.
On his second ride to power, being the current governor gave him an upper hand over Jegede because he had every sympathy and resources at his disposal.
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