Ondo PDP primary: Eyitayo, Agboola, Olafeso, Ayorinde, Okunomo go for broke

By: Ade Adeleke

All is now set for the Ondo State 2020 Gubernatorial Primary to pick the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) candidate for the October 10, 2020 election in the state.

SUNSHINETRUTH reports that the indirect primary is slated for the Dome, Igbatoro road Akure, the same venue used by the APC to pick Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu as its candidate.

…..As PDP NWC failed on Consensus plot ahead of tomorrow’s primary

Yesterday the party appointed a 5-man Electoral Committee headed by the Abia state governor, Hon. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi (Chairman) to conduct the primary that will be keenly contested by Eyitayo Jegede (SAN), Hon Agboola Ajayi (state Deputy Governor) and Dr Eddy Olafeso.

Other aspirants include; Dr Bode Ayorinde, Banji Okunomo, Godday Erewa, Barr Sola Ebiseni and Senator Boluwaji Kunlere.

Ahead of the governorship primary election of the PDP to elect its flagbearer for the October 10 governorship election in Ondo State, the National Working Committee ((NWC) was reportedly failed to ensure the emergence of a consensus candidate among the seven governorship aspirants.

The governorship primary election for the election of candidate is expected to take place tomorrow in Akure, Ondo State capital, through delegate election.

It waa learnt that at a meeting yesterday presided over by the National Chairman of PDP, Prince Uche Secondus, none of the party’s governorship aspirants agreed to step down for a consensus candidate.

The meeting that commenced around noon came to end at about 8pm.

It was gathered that since the meeting did not achieve its objective of getting the aspirants to step down, the PDP NWC pledged to conduct a free, fair and transparent election where all the delegates will be given a free hand to choose and vote a candidate of his or her choice.

The meeting also harmonised the controversial three-man ad-hoc delegates.

The list of the delegates was a subject of controversy until it was harmonised

All the governorship aspirants also signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to support any candidate that emerges at the gubernatorial primary election.

The chairman of the governorship primary election is the Governor of Enugu State, Hon. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi to be assisted by the Adamawa State Governor, Mr. Ahmed Fintiri for the election

Other members of the committee are;
Barr. Mrs. Chidi Onyemelukwe (Member); Emeka Etiaba, SAN (Member) and Alh. Mohammed Imam (Secretary).

The committee is mandated to conduct the primary election that will elect our Party’s Flagbearer in Ondo State, for the upcoming 2020 Governorship Election in the State.

DON’T DISPARAGE ANY PDP ASPIRANT…AJAYI CAMPAIGN ORGANIZATION WARNS MEMBERS

The Campaign Organization of Deputy Governor of Ondo State; Hon Agboola Ajayi has cautioned against disparaging comments against any of the aspirants of the People’s Democratic Party, (PDP).

The Director General of the Campaign Organization, Dr Kola Ademujimi said the aim of the all the aspirants of the PDP is to dislodge the ruling All Progressives Congress(APC) and not to fight one another.

Ademujimi in a press statement titled “We Cannot thank our teeming supporters and towering party enough” said the comments about Ajayi being a new member of the PDP is not correct as he is a foundation member of the party.

Ademujimi said the Deputy Governor ‘ Campaign organization would uphold the tenets of democracy before, during and after the party’s primary fixed for Wednesday and the general election fixed for October 10.

According to him, a political culture of decency and focus have been hallmark of Ajayi’s Campaign Organization since the commencement of the campaign to convince committed and patriotic party faithful to entrust the mandate in the hands Ajayi.

Ademujimi said “from 1998 when he joined the PDP, till 2016 when political exigencies drove him out of the party, he has conducted himself as a bridge-builder and a conscious networker in and out the party and politics.

“His humility, uncommon large-heartedness and generosity, palpable political dexterity and convincing demonstration of political sportsmanship have consummated his wide acceptance within a short period of his return to the party he helped uphold its umbrella for 18 years.

“We are thankful for this uncommon show of love and trust, which we at the Alfred Agboola Ajayi Campaign Organization (3ACO) have enjoyed across the 18 LGAs during our statewide tour and assure you that we will never take it for granted.

“The 3ACO is proud of the untiring and creative strategies with which we presented our aspirant as a competent grassroots politician who rose through the ranks to serve in many executive positions at both the party and government levels.

“His legislative experience as a former member of the House of Representative added to his widely accepted political resume of over three decades among our party members.

“Our campaign issues were purely about positioning our party as a formidable, organized and victory-ready political platform for the sustainable development of party men and women as well as the non-partisan masses, technocrats and civil servants of the Sunshine State.”

Ademujimi appreciated members of the Campaign Organization and well-wishers within the PDP for overcoming the temptation to disparage other contestants in spite of provocations and all odds.

His words “As an organization, we have deliberately refrained to haul abuses at any gubernatorial aspirants, not because of lack of what to say but due to our belief that only one person will emerge as the governorship candidate after the coming primary elections on Wednesday, 22nd of July, 2020 and such insults and invectives will be irrevocable to the detriment of the chances of our party in the long run.

“Our collective political experiences and maturity have shown that the onus will yet be on all of us as committed party members, after the primary elections, to campaign for that democratically-elected candidate of our dear party to win the October governorship election in Ondo State.

“We also like to thank our elder statesmen and women who refused to join habitual name-callers and mudslingers in taking up sticks and stones against our enchanting aspirant and his campaign organizers.”

Ademujimi urged members to pray and work together for a rancor-free, truly democratic, very transparent, evidently fair and generally credible process, so that whoever receives the baton to run the governorship race of the PDP, would definitely oust the current occupiers of the government house by winning the October 2020 Governorship election in Ondo state.

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