Femi Omoloye – Akure

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate in Ondo State, Mr. Eyitayo Jegede (SAN) has expressed personal joy at the victory of Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State, in Saturday’s governorship election.

Jegede in a statement in Akure, said the result of the election was a manifestation of the people’s conviction that the PDP is the credible alternative, that can provide good governance for the people.

“I express personal joy at the victory of Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State; particularly for the fact that  it symbolised Nigerians’ disenchantment with the ensuing poor leadership under the All Progressives Congress (APC) and their conviction that a PDP government is the credible alternative.”

He said the PDP is a political party that institutionalises inclusive democracy, which gives equal opportunities to party members, as against the dominance of a cabal of political godfathers.

“Governor Obaseki is now vindicated, having taken a bold step in coming over to the PDP, a political party that cherishes the masses; that is grassroots-oriented, and that does not pander to godfatherism.

“We rejoice with him and  the government and good people of Edo State, for this unequivocal rejection of the slave masters, through the sanctity of the vote,” he enthused.

The PDP candidate also said, like their  Edo neighbours, voters in Ondo State were fully prepared to exercise their inalienable right to determining who governs the state, come October 10, this year.

“What has taken place in Edo thus beckons on our good people of Ondo State, to bear their destiny in their hands, by similarly rejecting these feudal lords posing as democratic leaders, and elect the PDP in the October 10 governorship election.

“Our people should, in unison, make their choice known through the coming election, that they choose good governance and reject bad leadership,” he admonished.

Jegede thus called on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the relevant security agencies to discharge their duties creditably, for the good of our democracy.

Mr Eyitayo Jegede (SAN) has  also vowed to bring a new lease of life to residents of Akure North local council communities, by putting an end to incessant clashes between farmers and herdsmen in the area.

He made the pledge when he visited Aiyede/Ogbese, Ilu Abo, Bolorunduro, Alayere and Eleyeowo communities, as part of his ongoing campaign rallies.

Jegede said it was regrettable that no due attention had been paid by the current All Progressives Congress (APC) administration to the need to broker a lasting truce in the frequent clashes between herders and farmers across the state.

“We know you all have been neglected, in the face of frequent clashes between herdsmen and farmers; if you vote for us, we will bring in a crisis-resolution mechanism that will make everybody happy,” he assured.

He also expressed dismay at the deplorable condition of roads linking the communities, which he described as an eyesore, and promised to construct befitting road networks.

“We will also provide other social amenities such as pipe-borne water and health centres that are currently lacking in the areas.”

The governorship candidate further promised to make life bearable for the farmers by giving them soft loans, to enable them procure farm inputs.

At Sango Market, Jegede promised to relocate the market from its present place, to a more congenial environment.

According to him, “a cattle market is not supposed to be within the town, for hygienic reasons; hence, the need for its immediate relocation.”

Jegede, however, urged the people to go out and vote for PDP on October 10, in order to install a government that would bring a long-lasting peace and development to their communities. 

In his comment, the youth coordinator, Sango Cattle Market, Alhaji Jiddah Mohammed, applauded the market relocation plan, saying  such development would bring an end to the lingering crisis between farmers and cattle rearers, in which the former used to complain of incessant attacks on their farmlands.


Samuel Fasua,

Head, Media Research,

Eyitayo Jegede Campaign Organisation(EJCO).