Ondo Election Mimiko, Fayose flag off Jegede's campaign amid candidacy crisis

INEC says it will take a stand if by October 27 the PDP does not decide on the legitimate candidate representing the party.

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Candidate of the Ahmed Makarfi-led Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the forthcoming Ondo governorship election, Mr Eyitayo Jegede (SAN), has officially kicked off campaign ahead of the November 26 poll.

The legitimacy of Jegede's candidacy still hinges on the decision of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) after the October 27 deadline given to the party to reconcile and choose one candidate for the election.

INEC says the PDP must choose one person between Jegede and billionaire Jimoh Ibrahim, whose name was submitted as the party's candidate by the Ali Modu Sheriff faction, on or before the deadline.

The Commission says it will take a stand after October 27 if the two factions fail to agree on one candidate.

At the flag-off ceremony of Jegede on Wednesday, October 19, the Ondo state Governor, Olusegun Mimiko expressed confidence in the senior lawyer, saying he will continue to move the state higher.

The event was attended by Makarfi, who was represented by Prince Dayo Adeyeye, Governor Ayodele Fayose, South West PDP Chairman, Eddy Olafeso, former Deputy Governor of Ondo State, Omolade Oluwateru, John Olubunmi Olowe, Deputy Governor of Ondo State, Alhaji Lasisi Oluboyo, Ondo state Assembly Speaker, Jumoke Akindele, National Assembly members among others.

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The ceremony held despite unconfirmed reports that Sheriff offered the Inspector General Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris, N180 million to order his men to stop Jegede's flag-off from taking place.

Jegede served under Mimiko as the Attorney-General of the state and Commissioner for Justice.

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