But in contrast to in Edo, the place the election was largely between the APC and the PDP, the upcoming election in Ondo has a sturdy third drive.
The Zenith Labour Party (ZLP) and its candidate are acquainted contenders and political analysts imagine the party based by the previous governor of the state, Segun Mimiko, is powerful sufficient to give both the APC and the PDP a run for his or her cash.
Come Saturday, the APC candidate and incumbent governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, will slug it out together with his deputy, Agboola Ajayi, who fell out with him and joined the ZLP; and Eyitayo Jegede, his political rival, who’s contesting on the platform of the PDP.
Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State on the debate organised by ChannelsTV (Channels TV)
Expectedly, days into the election, political events and their candidates have intensified efforts to promote themselves to the people of the state, to win their hearts and get their votes on the ballot.
These efforts, nonetheless, didn’t come with out the events and their candidates buying and selling blames and throwing jabs at one another each time the chance presents itself.
Here’s the timeline of the assaults between the APC and the PDP.
Jegede vows to take over from Akeredolu
In July, after profitable the ticket to represent the PDP in a governorship election for the second time, Jegede who was defeated by the incumbent governor by large margins in 2016 fired a warning at Akeredolu to get prepared to leave the federal government home.
In his acceptance speech, he said, “By the grace of God, with the assistance of the people, and the support of party members and all the aspirants, we will take over the government of Ondo State on October 10.”
Eyitayo Jegede, the governorship candidate of the PDP in Ondo. [Twitter/@TayoJegedeSAN]
Tinubu declares PDP dead in Ondo
While the PDP believes the party may replicate its recent feat from Edo, the nationwide chief of the APC, Bola Ahmed Tinubu thinks the opposition party doesn’t stand a probability because in accordance to him, the PDP is dead.
On Saturday, September 5, 2020, when the APC formally flagged off the marketing campaign, Tinubu referred to as on monarchs and the people of Ondo State not to solid their votes for the party he described as ‘regressives’.
He said, “You don’t fight the PDP. There is no point fighting a corpse inside the coffin, just settle down and calmly nail their coffin.”
‘Collect their stolen money and vote for us,’ Mimiko tells citizens
While campaigning for Agboola Ajayi, the candidate of his party, ZLP, Mimiko, the previous governor of Ondo State, advised voters to gather the “stolen money” that some party had promised them and nonetheless vote for ZLP.
Former governor of Ondo State, Olusegun Mimiko. (Vanguard)
Mimiko said the ZLP will deliver back good governance in Ondo, saying Ajayi is the man for the job if the people want tuition fee to be decreased from N150,000 to N50,000.
PDP accuses APC of attacking Jegede
In September, Jegede’s convoy was reportedly attacked by hooded men in Oba Akoko, a city in Ondo state.
According to the PDP, some members of the party had been severely wounded and their marketing campaign vehicles vandalised.
While explaining the explanations for the alleged attack, the National Publicity of the PDP, Kola Ologbondiyan, said the APC was agitated by Jegede’s hovering ranking.
APC accuses Mimiko of looking for third time period by way of the back door
Mimiko isn’t contesting within the October 10 election, but the APC believes the previous governor’s support for the ZLP candidate is a ploy to return himself to the federal government home in Akure for a third time period.
Mimiko was Ondo governor from 2008 to 2016 and was the first to be re-elected within the state after dumping the Labour Party for the PDP.
However, through the build-up to the forthcoming election within the state, the ex-governor threw his weight behind the state’s deputy governor, Ajayi, who dumped the APC and the PDP in lower than 50 days to be part of the ZLP and subsequently grew to become the party’s governorship candidate.
Agboola Ajayi, Ondo State Deputy Governor not too long ago dumped the APC for the PDP after which joined the ZLP in lower than two months. (Saharareporters)
Perhaps, due to Mimiko’s affect within the ZLP, the APC in a assertion in September accused the two-term governor of ‘plotting a third-term bid surreptitiously through Zenith Labour Party’, including that he managed the party as its sole administrator.
PDP tells Akeredolu to stop ‘political terrorism’ on Jegede
Thursday, October 1, 2020, was a celebration day for Nigeria, but for the PDP, it was a day to situation a stern warning to Governor Akeredolu and whoever is behind ‘repeated attacks’ on Jegede, its governorship candidate.
In the assertion, the PDP said the recourse to political terrorism, banditry and violence in opposition to Jegede and the Ondo people wouldn’t work.
Ondo state Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu. [Twitter/@RotimiAkeredolu]
The party also referred to as on President Muhammadu Buhari to counsel Akeredolu to stop overheating the polity within the state, including that no quantity of violence would stop the people from voting Jegede.
‘Violence won’t prevent from defeat’, Akeredolu fires back
Four days after PDP’s warning to Akeredolu, one other round of violence erupted in Akure, the state capital.
According to Governor Akeredolu, 5 people, who’re his supporters, had been injured.
In a assertion by the spokesman of his marketing campaign organisation, Mr Richard Olatunde on Sunday, October 4, 2020, Akeredolu fingered the lawmaker representing Akure South/Akure North within the Federal House of Representatives, Mr Adedayo Omolafe, popularly known as ‘Expensive’, as the mastermind of the violence.
The governor said, ‘This newest recourse to attack, thuggery and wanton violence by the PDP is the height of insensitivity, irresponsibility and indecency.
He concluded that violence wouldn’t save the PDP and Jegede from defeat within the election.
APC says PDP’s marketing campaign slogan incites violence
After the sequence of allegations and counter-allegations on violence within the state, the APC lastly concluded that the marketing campaign slogan of the opposition party is the motivation behind violent assaults within the state.
Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo and Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State.
The PDP marketing campaign slogan for Ondo 2020 is “Eyitayo Must Not Fail”, and in accordance to the APC, the ‘PDP youth are easily moved to action once they hear the slogan’.
The party alleged that many people have been victimised because they displayed Akeredolu’s stickers.
‘This seeming desperation in the camp of the PDP flag bearer induces the party’s thugs to go wild and destroy something in sight’. the APC said.
‘Jegede has already won’, PDP boasts
Three days before the election, the National Chairman of the PDP, Uche Secondus, expressed optimism that the party would win the Ondo governorship election.
Eyitayo Jegede (left) with Uche Secondus (right) [PDP]
He said Gov Akeredolu is intimidated and afraid of Jegede because the PDP’s candidate has already won the election.
Although 17 political events are on the poll for the October 10 governorship election, the build-up has proven that the ballot goes to be a severe contest between the APC, PDP and the ZLP.