2020 Poll: Jegede Consults With PDP Leaders in Ondo
By Julius Filani, Akure
Former Commissioner for Justice and Attorney General of Ondo, Eyitayo Jegede (SAN), has commenced consultation with leaders and elders of The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) across the 18 local government areas of the state in his bid to get the 2020 Governorship ticket of the party
Already, about 17 aspirants have shown interest in the gubernatorial post which is due to come up in November 2020
Jegede, a former candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP in 2016 governorship election in Ondo state who narrowly lost to governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu was accompanied by his numerous supporters to first meet with the leaders of the party in Akure South Local Government.
The former Attorney General later moved to Idanre Local Government where he was received by the former Chief of Staff to Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, Dr Kola Ademujimi.
Jegede while addressing PDP leaders and stakeholders drawn from Akure South and Idanre local governments separately, said he was in the local governments to thank the leaders for their unflinching support during the 2016 governorship election in the state.
According to him “appreciate you for the efforts during the last National Assembly and Presidential election which gave the PDP two senators and more House of Representatives members in the state”
“I also want to remind you all of the need to build a solid party ahead of the coming governorship election in the state.
“I decided to start the consultation meeting in Akure South being my primary constituency to prove the point that charity must begin at home”, he stressed
He however solicited the support of party leaders and elders in his fresh attempt at having a shot at the governorship position come to the 2020 election.
He went on: “I am here to thank you for the support you gave me during the 2016 governorship election. I see myself as somebody who ready to serve.
“I contested the last gubernatorial election and we knew the result, the following day we went to church to thank God for how far He had helped us. Now, I consulted God Almighty again, I asked if I should go forward on this project, He answered me that I should go ahead.
” I am asking you whether to go ahead or not? This is not the time for the campaign. We will surely come back when the time comes. I seek your support for our great party, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP and appreciate you for all your efforts both during the 2016 governorship election and the last general elections. ”
Reacting on behalf of the leaders in Idanre local government, former Chief of Staff to Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, Dr. Kola Ademujimi, noted that people are suffering in the state under the present administration.
Ademujimi who added that things are not the same again since the exit of the PDP government in the state urged members to remain loyal to the party ahead of the coming election.
He noted that the party is more formidable under the current state leadership and enjoined other aspirants to join hands together to build the party.
He further disclosed that the crisis rocking the ruling party in the state now is an indication that God is behind the PDP to deliver the people of the state from the ravaging poverty the current administration bestowed on the people.
Also on behalf of the leaders in Akure South local government, Hon. Tony Ala, noted that the Jegede’s aspiration is a work that must be done by every party members in the local government.
Ala and other leaders including the lawmaker representing Akure North/ South federal constituency at the House of Representatives, Hon. Adedayo Omolafe urged the people of the local government to see the project as a task that must be achieved by all.