Ondo deputy Governor Agboola Ajayi loses PDP ticket to Jegede

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The Ondo State deputy governor Agboola Ajayi has lost the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship primary election to former attorney-general and commissioner for justice in the State, Eyitayo Jegede.

Jegede who won the PDP 2020 governorship primary by pulling 888 votes to defeat his closest rival Ajayi, who garnered 657 votes will be at head on with Governor Akeredolu Rotimi in the October 10, 2020 governorship poll.

Other aspirants in the race such as National Vice Chairman PDP South West, Dr. Eddy Olafeso polled 175; former Ondo PDP spokesman Banji Okunomo got 90 votes; Ayorinde Olabode garnered 95 votes; Senator Kunlere Boluwaji polled 33 votes, Ebiseni Sola got 29 votes while Godday Erewa scored 14 votes.

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Eyitayo Jegede was the party’s candidate in the 2016 governorship election but was defeated by the All Progressives Congress (APC) and incumbent governor, Rotimi Akeredolu.

A total of 2,111 delegates voted at the primary.

The chairman of the primary election committee and governor of Enugu State, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, while kicking off the election said: “It is our expectation that this Ondo State primary election will be seamless at the time it is completed. We hope to see that the Ondo State chapter of the PDP elects a widely acceptable flagbearer.”

According to him, the candidate should be able to make the ‘umbrella’ stronger and win the upcoming governorship election in October.

Ugwuanyi disclosed that the aspirants were properly screened for the election and made to sign a peace pact.

“We are in agreement on strict adherence to electoral guidelines on the conduct of a credible, free and fair gubernatorial primary election in Ondo.

“We also agreed to observe the protocols laid down by National Center for Disease Control (NCDC) for prevention of Covid-19 transmission,” he said.