By Dayo Johnson Akure
FROM the final depend, 17 governorship aspirants below the platform of the Peoples Democratic Occasion include thrown their hats in the ring to contest the October 10 election in Ondo enlighten.
But findings showed that only six or at most seven of them had been extreme contenders that can muster funds to prefer the occasion’s governorship form put at N25m whereas others are mere pretenders.
Nonetheless, the selection of the contenders can also extend with the purported hobby of the incumbent deputy governor, Hon Agboola Ajayi. Ajayi can also rapidly defect to the opposition occasion to contest the July major election.
Those eyeing the coveted seat embody the Nationwide Vice Chairman (South West) of the occasion, Dr. Eddy Olafeso, the occasion’s candidate in the 2016 governorship election in enlighten, Mr. Eyitayo Jegede, SAN, a broken-down Dwelling of Representatives member, Hon. Bode Ayorinde, a broken-down commissioner, Barrister Sola Ebiseni, a broken-down recordsdata commissioner, Hon John Ola Mafo, broken-down Senator Boluwaji Kunlere, broken-down council chairman, Hon Banji Okunomo, Bamidele Akingboye, broken-down enlighten chairman of the NUJ and a Particular Adviser on Labour Issues, Hon Dayo Fadahunsi, Engr. Ogunwa Omoniyi Oboli, Barr. Bimpe Olatemiju and host of others.
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Seven contestants are from the South senatorial district of the enlighten following the imagine that it is the turn of senatorial district to invent the next governor after the 2 assorted districts, the Central and the North had produced governors at assorted instances.
Olafeso, Ebiseni, Okunomo, Mafo Oboli, Omoniyi and Akingboye are from the South whereas Jegede and Ayorinde are the most fascinating aspirants from the Central and North respectively. Consequently, the politics of endorsement include space in amongst the aspirants in the South.
While Olafeso insisted that he had been counseled to symbolize the Okitipupa axis, the likes of Kunlere and Akingboye include distanced themselves from such affiliation. Also, Okunomo battled Ebiseni and Mafo on his endorsement to symbolize the oil prosperous Ilaje axis in the identical south.
The occasion, in its recordsdata, no longer too lengthy in the past inaugurated a screening and advisory committee headed by a member of the occasion’s Board of Trustee, BOT, to cloak the over twenty aspirants in the significant election of the occasion mounted for July to a manageable quantity.
No zoning in our occasion—Ondo PDP
Reacting to how the array of aspirants in the occasion would no longer be one other albatross, the occasion’s Media and Publicity Director, Zadok Akintoye talked about “Our occasion in Ondo Say has by no manner zoned its governorship seat and there could be no historic past the put you might procure the occasion intentionally zoning its gubernatorial designate. We can allow all contestants despite the zone they reach from to contest in the election. The supreme of them will emerge in a free and dazzling election. Our job as a occasion is to be particular that there could be freedom of preference by occasion people as to who would turn into the occasion’s candidate.”
Battle for consensus candidate
While the preponderance of thought favours the south to invent the occasion’s candidate for the October election, the politicians in the north are insisting on polishing off the eight years of the incumbent, Rotimi Akeredolu who to them had no longer measured as much as typical.
Findings alternatively showed that if the aspirants from the south fail to agree on a consensus candidate among the many seven, this can also in a roundabout intention have them of the alternative which could also favour Jegede or Ayorinde. While Jegede is the selection of the occasion leaders from the Central he can also procure it anxious to pull grand weight from both the North and the South.
Ayorinde who is the only aspirant from the North and the kinsman of the incumbent governor is bent on polishing off Akeredolu’s eight year tenure. Ayorinde changed into a broken-down member of the Dwelling of Representatives from Owo/Ose federal constituency. He’s the founding father of Achievers University in Owo and contested the 2016 primaries of the APC nevertheless misplaced to Akeredolu. He later defected to the opposition PDP.
A cursory evaluation of the aspirants showed that Jegede having contested in the final governorship ballot, this need to silent give him a bonus over others nevertheless many occasion leaders are no longer at dwelling along with his disposition after he misplaced the final ballot. His alleged failure to placed on the leadership footwear after the exit of Mimiko from the occasion changed into considered as a mammoth minus for him. Despite the incontrovertible truth that his aides talked about he changed into being careful no longer to step on toes nevertheless others saw it in every other case. Many uncover about him as a political lightweight until Mimiko carried him on his soldier and actually imposed him because the occasion’s candidate in 2016.
Mimiko’s motion induced the occasion its defeat as occasion people revolted. The imposition of Jegede changed into considered as a essential political mistake of Mimiko. They’ve since parted ways after the occasion’s defeat.
If Jegede in a roundabout intention clinches the occasion’s designate, he has a deep pocket and loaded guests amongst whom is the broken-down Presidential candidate of the occasion, Alhaji Abubakar Atiku who, many folks imagine will bankroll his campaign. He’s a solid contender.
Olafeso, a broken-down Files commissioner, is for the time being the Nationwide Vice Chairman, South West, he’s a household title across the enlighten and a ambitious politician. His wooden isn’t that deep nevertheless he has goodwill, having impacted many lives whereas he changed into reasonably than labor. He’s extremely cerebral and an orator. He’s one among the apostles of the tiresome Governor Olusegun Agagu. He’s a solid contender.
Mafo, who changed into the deputy governorship candidate in 2016 and a broken-down recordsdata commissioner is a grassroots politician, who is successfully-appreciated by both younger and worn. He’s very clever and knows the enlighten totally. Mafo is moreover one among the apostles of tiresome governor Olusegun Agagu. He’s a solid contender.
Ebiseni changed into a broken-down Ilaje/Ese-Odo council chairman at age 27 and broken-down Atmosphere commissioner. He’s one among the supreme brains in the enlighten, he represented the South West in the 2014 Confab. He’s a factual field material for the coveted seat. He’s moreover a solid contender.
Okunomo, a broken-down Ilaje council chairman and a broken-down Publicity Secretary of the PDP in the enlighten, he’s making waves across the enlighten. He’s standard and will spring shock in the significant in July. He’s a solid contender.
Kunlere, a broken-down Senator, is a outmoded politician. He changed into a broken-down enlighten secretary of the PDP, a member of the Say Dwelling of Assembly and a broken-down Okitipupa Local Government chairman. He contested in opposition to broken-down governor Agagu in the April 2011 Senatorial election on the Labour Occasion platform and won. He’s a solid contender.
Fadahunsi, other than being a outmoded journalist, he’s a labour chief, and is standard amongst the workers having served below broken-down governor Olusegun Mimiko as Particular Adviser on Labour matters. He’s banking on the workers improve.
Akingboye is a serial contester, who takes off after losing in each and each occasion major. Many don’t uncover about him as a extreme contender. Has deep pocket nevertheless has by no manner hit it politically.
Now now not grand is identified about Messrs Ogunwa Omoniyi Oboli and Bimpe Olatemiju assorted than having stepped down for Olafeso for the duration of one among their meetings in Ode Aye dwelling of the enlighten.
Bode Olajumoke screening committee
Within the period in-between, occasion persons are silent looking forward to the sage of the Dr Bode Olajumoke committee on streamlining the array of aspirants. The result can also throw up a novel disaster which will probably be anxious to tackle a watch on and lumber into the election.