Bamigbola Gbolagunte, Akure
Deputy Governor of Ondo State and first runner up in the governorship
primary election of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr Agboola
Ajayi has declared that he fought against many forces both within and
outside the party at the election.
Ajayi who said that he fought a good fight, noted that the
governorship primary election which was won by former Attorney General
and Commissioner for Justice in the state, Mr Eyitayo Jegede was a
battle he fought with determination in order to liberate the state.
In a statement issued by his Media Adviser, Allen Sowore, Ajayi said
“following the outcome of the primary election of our party, the PDP,
held on 22nd July, 2020, where Eyitayo Jegede was elected winner, we
wish to thank the good people of Ondo State for standing with us in
the struggle to liberate our state.
“The people have spoken, and we accept the outcome in good faith,
knowing full well that it was a race against different forces. We
remain undaunted and resolute about our commitment to a people
oriented government against personalized democracy,” he said.
The primary election which started on Wednesday and ended on Thursday
morning was won by Jegede who polled 888 votes to defeat Ajayi who had
The Chairman of the primary election committee and Enugu State
governor, Mr Ifeanyi Ugwanyi who announcing the result said Jegede
polled the highest number of lawful votes in the election, thus
Other contestants in the election, including a former National Vice
Chairman (South West) of the PDP, Dr Eddy Olafeso polled 175 votes, a
former House of Representatives member, Dr Bode Ayorinde had 95 votes,
Mr Banji Okunomo polled 90 votes while Senator Boluwaji Kunlere
garnered 33 votes.
Others are Chief Sola Ebiseeni who had 29 votes and Godday Erewa who
had 14votes in the keenly contested primary election, while 64 invalid
votes were recorded out of 2011 total votes cast.