Samuel Kayode Fasua – Akure
July 13, 2020

Stakeholders in Ondo State Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday rejected a delegates’ list for the proposed July 22 governorship primary election, believed to have been doctored by one of the aspirants.

The list, which was roundly rejected by the Clement Faboyede-led Caretaker Committee, party elders and seven governorship aspirants, had reportedly featured 101 strange names in the line-up of party delegates.

Speaking before a three-man probe panel raised by the national body of the party, and headed by a former governor of Gombe State, Alhaji Ibrahim Dankwambo, Faboyede said he was ambushed by the secretary of the ward delegates’ screening committee, Mr. Kingsley Chinda.

“Chinda presented the list to our committee without allowing me to vet it and I think this is not right,” he complained.

Faboyede denied any complicity in the list-doctoring saga.

However, at yesterday’s sitting of the Dankwambo-led panel, the embattled deputy governor of Ondo State, Mr.Agboola Ajayi, a governorship  aspirant in the eye of the storm over the list-doctoring scam, was conspicuously absent.

Speculations buzzed that he stayed away for fear of being mobbed by angry party youths.

Other aspirants such as Mr. Eyitayo Jegede (SAN), Mr. Banji Okunomo, and Dr. Eddy Olafeso, however, arrived early to honor the panel’s sitting.

Speaking with newsmen shortly after the panel’s closed-door verification exercise, Okunomo said one of the governorship aspirants was found to be the brain behind the doctoring of the initial delegates’ list.

“This aspirant, who is new in our party and trying to destabilise the party, should be suspended immediately; as we can’t move on with such a character.

“In addition, the aspirant should be disqualified from contesting in the primary election because he will be a bad influence in a political party that cherishes good name and integrity,” he demanded.

Meanwhile, the Eyitayo Jegede Campaign Organization yesterday lauded the leadership of the party, both at the national and state levels, “for not allowing any negative influence in the run-up to the governorship primary election.”

“We also have absolute confidence that Eyitayo Jegede is a candidate widely accepted by the party, as he keeps faith with party delegates who will decide on who picks the governorship ticket, and with God Almighty.”