Eyitayo Jegede has emerged as the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)’s governorship election flag bearer for the Ondo State which is expected to take place on October 10th.
Jegede was on Thursday declared as the winner after the delegates cast their votes at the party’s primary which held at the International Culture and Events Center, the dome in Akure.
He polled 888 votes to defeat his closest rival and incumbent Deputy Governor of the state, Agboola Ajayi who gathered 657 votes and other seven aspirants.
The other aspirants include Eddy Olafeso who polled 175 votes, Banji Okunomo who polled 90 votes, Olabode Ayorinde who polled 95 votes and Boluwaji Kunlere who polled 33 votes while Olusola Ebiseeni and Godday Erewa polled 29 and 14 votes respectively, the total number of invalid votes was 64.
After gathering the highest number of votes in the indirect mode adopted by the party, Chairman of the PDP Primary Election Committee and Governor of Enugu State, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi confirmed Jegede the winner of the exercise.
Also present at the primary is Adamawa State Governor, Ahmadu Fintiri among other members.
With this development, Jegede will now battle the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and incumbent governor, Rotimi Akeredolu in the governorship election which is barely three months away.