One of the governorship aspirants of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ondo State, Eyitayo Jegede, has said he is not afraid of Deputy Governor, Agboola Ajayi.
Jegede added that he will come out victorious in the primary which holds today.
He also said he was not scared or worried about any aspirant of the party including the deputy governor, Agboola Ajayi.
Jegede, who stated this in Akure on Monday, said Ajayi, who just defected to the PDP from the All Progressives Congress (APC) to join the governorship race, could not stop his victory in the primary.
The PDP aspirant boasted that he has control of party loyalists in all the 18 local government areas of the state, having contested the governoship election on the platform of the party in 2016.
He said, “I contested against his boss, Mr Rotimi Akeredolu in 2016 and I came second. I and his boss are those who contested in 2016. If Akeredolu was not a threat to me in 2016, his deputy cannot be a threat to me or my ambition in 2020.”
The aspirant, who noted that his credentials were intimidating and good enough to speak for him, stressed that the PDP will win the governorship election come October 10.
Meanwhile, non-party delegates have been barred from the venue of the election as 2,111 delegates of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ondo decide the fate of eight governorship aspirants of the party today (Wednesday).
The aspirants include the deputy governor, Hon Agboola Ajayi, Eyitayo Jegede SAN, Dr Eddy Olafeso, Banji Okunomo, Sola Ebiseni, Dr Bode Ayorinde, Gooday Erewa and Senator Boluwaji Kunlere.
The election is to hold at the International Culture and Event Centre, the Dome, in Akure the state capital.
The state’s Caretaker Chairman of the party, Hon Clement Faboyede said that “only delegates, aspirants agents, journalists and security personnel would be allowed into the venue of the primary.
Faboyede in a statement in Akure also warned delegates not to wear any campaign materials to the venue.
He said that no member of the party, except delegates, would be allowed into the venue.
Faboyede also warned that no loitering or gathering would be allowed around the venue and urged all delegates to come with their INEC Permanent Voters Card (PVC).
The statement said: “Only delegates, aspirants agents (3 per aspirant), journalists and security men will be allowed into the venue of the primaries, on no account should any delegate be seen wearing any campaign materials at the venue of the primaries, no member of the party outside the above mentioned are allowed to come to the venue.
“There shall be no loitering or gathering allowed around the venue. Anyone who is not a delegate or the above mentioned shall be deemed an intruder and promptly arrested and that all delegates should come with their INEC Personal Voters Card (PVC).
Meanwhile, at a meeting held in Abuja with the National Chairman of the party Prince Uche Secondus, the eight aspirants were made to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to support any candidate that emerges at the gubernatorial primary election.
This was sequel to the failed efforts by the National Working Committee ((NWC) to ensure the emergence of a consensus candidate among the eight aspirants. The meeting according to one of the aspirants lasted for almost eight hours.