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Ondo guber: PDP chieftain, Eyitayo Jegede withdraws from race

A governorship aspirant on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Ondo State, Eyitayo Jegede, SAN, has withdrawn from participating in the forthcoming primary election.

Recall that Jegede was the candidate of the PDP in 2016 and 2020 elections, respectively, but lost to late Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of the All Progressives Congress.

However, Jegede, speaking in Akure, on Thursday, explained that he was committed to making all necessary sacrifices to provide solutions to the problems of the party.

“After several intensive and extensive consultations, consolidations, and reconsiderations, it became obvious that we need to reexamine whether to proceed or take a detour that could guarantee an alignment with the preponderance of opinion in terms of the quest for equitable representation, equity, and fair play particularly at the level of governorship.

“Our party constitution is not receptive to zoning and this has been demonstrated through the election of successive governors; the elections were not based on zoning but on merit.

“A decision has to be taken whether we need to repeat the same process that we passed through in 2016 and 2020.

We have an array of governorship aspirants who are competent and distinguished in their various callings.

“I feel it is time to allow these men the opportunity to try their luck in the primary and by God’s grace, ultimately win the governorship election; all the aspirants would be accorded every support that is available at my disposal”, he said.

Jegede added that, “I am committed to making all necessary sacrifices to provide solutions to the problems of the party rather than join in compounding it.”

Four aspirants have bought the party’s N5 million Expression of Interest form and N35 million Nomination Form.

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