Following the conclusion of the Edo State governorship election the place the incumbent governor, Godwin Obaseki was re-elected, Ondo State will little question be the following spot for political spectators and stakeholders because the governorship election within the state comes up on October 10, 2020.
With the political environment of Ondo State already charged, headliners on the polls are Governor Oluwarotimii Akeredolu of the All Progressives Congress, APC, who’s a in search of re-election; the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Social gathering, PDP, Eyitayo Jegede who misplaced to Akeredolu in 2016 as properly a the Deputy Governor of the state, Agboola Ajayi who will likely be on the identical poll together with his boss underneath the platform of Zenith Labour Social gathering, ZLP.
Through the forthcoming ballot, the three frontline contenders will likely be representing every of the three senatorial districts, with Akeredolu from Ondo North, Jegede from the Central whereas Ajayi is from the Southern Senatorial district.
Oluwarotimi Akeredolu who’s the incumbent governor of Ondo State emerged on the political scene of the state in 2012 when he received the governorship ticket underneath defunct Motion Congress of Nigeria, ACN which was a part of the events that metamorphosed into APC. Although, he misplaced to the quick previous governor of the state, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko in 2012, he recontested for the ticket in 2016 which he finally received together with his subsequent victory on the polls.
With Akeredolu’s eyes set on the forthcoming polls, inner components inside APC that would hinder his re-election had been resolved with a faction inside the occasion within the state referred to as ‘Unity Discussion board’ which had vowed to work in opposition to him in the course of the electoral course of, agreeing to sheath the sword to ensure that the occasion to win on the polls.
With much less hurdles earlier than him, Akeredolu seems to be set and ready to defeat the 2 different contestants in the course of the election.
Aside from the facility of incumbency, coupled together with his monetary wherewithal, one of many components that may even assist the possibilities of Akeredolu within the contest would be the unwritten zoning association of the politics of the state.
In response to some political sentiments and narratives throughout the state, Akeredolu who hails from the Northern Senatorial district ought to be allowed to finish his eight years in workplace after his predecessor, Mimiko who’s from the central had spent eight years.
Additionally, the infrastructural strides of Akeredolu within the state within the final three and half years will doubtless give him edge above his rivals.
However working in opposition to him, is his combat together with his Deputy Governor, Ajayi Agboola, which has additional divided stakeholders. The Agboola’s issue has additional solid doubt on Akeredolu’s anticipated victory.
It’s additionally a preferred notion amongst political stakeholders that Akeredolu shouldn’t be carrying them alongside within the scheme of issues. Some have, nevertheless, stated that his arms are tight in relation to giving.
Identical to Governor Akeredolu, the candidate of the PDP, Eyitayo Jegede can be a Senior Advocate of Nigeria.
Jegede who was the 2016 PDP governorship candidate got here second on the polls after shedding to Akeredolu.
In response to political pundits, the situation that performed out in 2016 when it was argued that it’s not but the flip of the Central Senatorial District to supply a governor would possibly repeat itself once more.
Nevertheless, the folks of Akure the place Jegede hails from appear to be extra dedicated to the ambition of their son eyeing the governorship seat, not like in 2016 after they voted for Akeredolu as in opposition to their son with Jegede successful in two out of 18 native governments.
Additionally, shortly after the primaries of the PDP which was held on July 22, the occasion was hit with disaster following accusations that Jegede sidelined members and leaders of the occasion over his selection of working mate, significantly the muscling out of the incumbent Deputy Governor, Agboola Ajayi out of the occasion which was stated to have compelled Ajayi to affix the Zenith Labour Social gathering, ZLP.
With the event, a lot of the aspirants who contested alongside Jegede in the course of the major are not with him as a few of them are both backing Akeredolu or Ajayi.
Among the many PDP aspirants, solely Jegede was from the Central Senatorial District whereas 5 have been from the Southern Senatorial district with one from Ondo North.
Additionally, Jegede’s fallout with Mimiko who’s his political benefactor will little question have an effect on his possibilities on the polls explicit within the stronghold of Mimiko in Ondo West and Ondo East Native Governments which occurred to be the one two council areas the place Jegede received in 2016.
With the resolve of the Deputy Governor of Ondo State, Agboola Ajayi to contest the polls underneath the Zenith Labour Social gathering, ZLP, political observers have described the transfer as an entrance of a 3rd power into the governorship race.
Earlier than becoming a member of ZLP, Ajayi had brief foray within the PDP the place he misplaced the occasion’s ticket to Jegede.
After his fallout together with his boss, Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, the deputy governor dumped APC following months of frosty relationship.
Together with his political expertise, Ajayi will little question give each Governor Akeredolu and the PDP candidate a run for his or her cash on the polls.
Following the transfer of Ajayi to ZLP, aggrieved APC members in addition to these within the PDP have been harvested into the fold of ZLP.
Among the many three contestants, Ajayi is probably the most skilled politician going by his political background.
Wanting on the profile of Ajayi, he began as political occasion’s secretary in his ward. Later, he turned Supervisory Councillor and a Caretaker Chairman.
At a stage, he was the chairman of a celebration, later he turned elected Chairman of the Council in 2004. In 2007, he was elected into the Home of Representatives and in 2016, he was elected Deputy Governor.
Being from the Southern Senatorial district may additionally be a bonus for Ajayi in the course of the polls as many had been advocating that it’s the flip of Ondo South to supply the following governor.