Governors elected under the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have vowed to work together to ensure that Ondo State returns to the party through its candidate, Eyitayo Jegede, in the October 10 gubernatorial election by shocking the APC and its candidate, Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu.
The Chairman of the PDP Governors Forum and Governor of Sokoto State, Aminu Tambuwal, made this declaration during the virtual inauguration of the PDP National Campaign Council for the Ondo gubernatorial at the party national secretariat in Abuja on Friday.
Represented by Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo state, Tambuwal said he would rally all the state chief executives under the main opposition party to do their parts to be sure that the governorship candidate of the PDP, Eyitayo Jegede, is elected.
Makinde quoted the forum’s boss as saying: “The message from the chairman of PDP Governors forum is that all the PDP governors are very much with us in this campaign. They are very much with us in this attempt to flip Ondo state, to get Ondo to come under the PDP umbrella.
“And he promised to rally all of us and ensure that we play our parts, we contribute everything that would be necessary and sufficient to deliver on Ondo state to PDP.”
Speaking for himself as the Chairman of the campaign council, Makinde said that there was no doubt that the PDP would win the election because it has a better “offering.”
He likened the present situation in Ondo state to the 2019 Oyo state, saying that even though the PDP did not have elected government officials or enjoyed that backing of the federal government, it was able to win the election.
Makinde said: “The situation in Ondo state is quite similar to Oyo in 2019. They said to me then, ‘why are you confident you will win?’ Because we didn’t have the local governments, we didn’t have the state government, we didn’t also have the federal government as of the time we were standing for election in 2019. But we had God on our side. So, we are not afraid.
While expressing confidence that the people of Ondo state would choose wisely, he asserted: “the election of 10/10/2020 is a choice between stagnation and progress, it’s a choice between sustained poverty and economic recovery.
“It is a choice between exploration and development, it a choice between continued hardship and prosperity.”