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By: Ade Adeleke
Ahead of october 10 election, the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, today officially kicked off the journey to reclaim the governorship seat of Ondo state by flagging off the campaign of its candidate, Mr Eyitayo Jegede and his running mate, Ikengboju Gboluga.
The ceremony that was held at MKO Abiola Democracy Park, Akure, has in attendance some PDP governors and the party’s bigwigs as well as hundreds of supporters from all the 18 local government areas of the state.
The opposition said with large turnout of supporters at the venue, the game is up for the ruling APC and its candidate, Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu.
National Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party, (PDP), Prince Uche Secondus warned the ruling All Progressive Congress and President Muhammadu Buhari against rigging the Edo and Ondo state elections fixed for September 19 and October 10 this year to escape the punishment of God.
Secondus pointedly declared that if the ruling party dare rigged the elections in both states they would face the wrath of God.
The National chairman charged President Muhammadu Buhari to ensure gubernatorial elections in Edo and Ondo states are free, fair and credible.
”The elections in Edo and Ondo cannot be rigged. If the ruling party rigged these elections they should expect the wrath of God.
”The only legacy the APC can leave is to conduct free, fair and credible elections in Edo and Ondo states.
Secondus called on the electorate in the state to vote out Rotimi Akeredolu who had personalised government and turned it into family business.
The Oyo state governor, Seyi Makinde and his counterpart in Sokoto State, Alhaji Aminu Tambuwal appealed the people of Ondo State to elect Eyitayo Jegede (SAN) so that Ondo State could join other PDP states for the restructuring of Nigeria.
Tambuwal lambasted the Buhari’s administration for increasing pump price and electricity tariff amidst economic hardship, challenged the people of Ondo state to vote out Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu over anti-people policies of the APC government in the country.
While Makinde said Eyitayo Jegede is a man of impeccable character who has been tested and trusted and must be given a chance for the betterment of the state, Governor Tambuwal of Sokoto State berated the APC led government in areas of infrastructure, security, agriculture among others, noting that “APC is not a choice for Ondo State”.
Jegede in his address said ”we serve notice on the APC, an end has come to their reign of hardship
He promised ”to run a government with human face, a government that will prioritise growing our local economy and was prepared to take Ondo State to an enviable height.
In an interview with SUNSHINETRUTH, the National publicity Secretary of the PDP, Mr Kola Ologbondiyan said the massive number of the people of Ondo state who attended the campaign Flagg off, showed that they want power to return to the PDP in the state comes October 10.
Present at the ceremony include former Ekiti state governor, Segun Oni; former Governor of Osun State, Olagunsoye Oyinlola and former deputy governor of Sokoto Mukhtar Shagari and other National Assembly members.