Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Ondo 2020 : Jegede Jinxed by the Choice of Running Mate

The news  that Mr Eyitayo Jegede, the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Monday submitted the name of Hon. Gboluga Ikengboju, a member of the Federal House of Representatives, representing Okitipupa/Irele Federal Constituency, to the national chairman of the PDP, Prince Uche Secondus in Abuja as his running mate will do no small damage to his aspiration of becoming the next governor of Ondo Stat That choice has also done a huge damage to the chances of the opposition People's Democratic Party ( PDP) to produce the next helmsman of the Sunshine State.

Jegede made the last minute replacement of his running mate in order to meet up with INEC's deadline for the substitution of the names of candidates and their running mates for the election.

Hon. Ikengboju replaces Mr Olumide Ogunje whose name was earlier submitted to INEC as a surrogate candidate.

Every observer and political analyst would noticed that since Eyitayo Jegede SAN become the flag bearer of the PDP, he has put on three togas: one as the supreme leader of the party; second as an ordained governor, third and most irritating is his vaque sense of entitlement. 

Jegede feels that everyone is indebted to him and that's just an illusion of grandeur.

Sadly, Jegede has also become so vindictive that he doesn't see anyone who didn't work for him during the primary election as a member of his team. No doubt, Mr Jegede has broken all known political traditions and arrangements by the choice of his running mate.

Not only that Ikengboju Gboluga is not popular amongst his people, Okitipupa local government are where he hails from has produced two deputy governors in persons of Dr Olusegun Agagu and Afolabi Iyatan. But Ilaje, Irele, Ile-Oluji/Okeigbo and Odigbo local government areas in the same senatorial zone are yet to produce a deputy governor.

Our cocky Senior Advocate of Nigeria has by his choice of running mate shove

aside all aboriginal members of the party. He has succeeded in turning the PDP to Jegede's caucus. For the committed members of the PDP who are still in doubt about Mr Jegede's total hijack of the party can confirm from those who worked for other aspirants in the last primary election.

It's obvious that with the choice of Ikengboju Gboluga, Mr Eyitayo Jegede SAN, has gotten a ruining mate and not a running mate. His ambition and aspiration is heading towards a rock. 

Ikomapayi Bamidele

Public Affairs Commentator

Writes From Okitipupa.


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