A crisis may be looming within the Ondo State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) following the purported selection of Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice Eyitayo Jegede (SAN) by Governor Olusegun Mimiko as the party’s flag-bearer for the November 26 election. PDP Governorship aspirants and some leaders from the State Northern Senatorial District yesterday rejected the alleged plan of Mimiko to pick the party’s candidate from the Central Senatorial District.
The aggrieved aspirants and stakeholders alleged that Mimiko earlier discussed the issue at a political forum, which was also attended by the PDP State and Local Government Executive members. The Governor reportedly told the party stakeholders at the meeting that he had endorsed an aspirant from the Central Senatorial District.
Jegede, an indigene of Akure, is from the same Central Senatorial district with the incumbent Governor. The aspirants urged Mimiko and other party leaders promoting the Central Senatorial District agenda to align with the rotational/zoning principle of the party.