A former Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice in Ondo State, Eyitayo Jegede, has emerged the candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) for the October 10, 2020, governorship election in the state.
In Wednesday’s primary election, Jegede polled 888 votes to defeat other contestants, while the deputy governor of the state, Agboola Ajayi, polled 657 votes; and the PDP National Vice Chairman, Eddy Olafeso, came third with 175 votes.
Also, Bode Ayorinde scored 95 votes, Banji Okunomo polled 90, Boluwaji Kunlere got 33, Sola Ebiseni scored 29 and Godday Erewa polled 13 votes.
At least 2,122 delegates from the 18 local government areas of the state participated in the election.
The election took place at the main auditorium of the International Event Centre, Akure, the Ondo State capital.
The exercise was conducted in compliance with extant COVID-19 protocols as any delegate or stakeholder without tag or face mask on was not allowed into the arena.
Earlier, the chairman of the PDP Primary Election Committee and Governor of Enugu State, Mr Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, while speaking with journalists promised to conduct a free, fair and credible exercise.
“We are building a nation and I promise to conduct a free and fair primary. I want to assure you that a credible candidate will emerge through this process,” Ugwuanyi had said.
Jegede will face Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, who emerged governorship candidate of his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), on Monday.
Akeredolu defeated the PDP candidate in the 2016 governorship election.