The much talked about governorship election in Ondo state is currently ongoing on Saturday November 26. The election which has been the subject of serious controversy is poised to be a battle among the leading the candidates.
Top four candidates are vying on the platforms of the All Progressives Congress, Peoples Democratic Party, Alliance for Democracy and Social Democratic Party.
This election is certaingly a battle of the titans?
A contentious primary
The candidates for the election have earlier slugged it out in a debate. But nothing differentiates this election from the others ones but for the crisis in the Peoples Democratic Party which pitched the Eyitayo Jegede camp against the Jimoh Ibrahim camp of the party. Both camp had been dancing to the tunes of much bigger and influential factions.
PDP’s warring factions
Both candidates belonged to different factions of the party. Mr Jegede, who was sponsored by the incumbent governor, Olusegun Mimiko belonged to the Makarfi faction while Mr. Ibrahim was of the Sherrif faction.
In the end, it took the judgement of the Supreme Court which knocked off Jimoh Ibrahim and confirmed Eyitayo as the party’s candidate.
Who will the election?
In this contentious election, it can be said that the all the contestants are ‘grudge candidates. Akeredolu is thought not to be anointed one of the powers that be in APC. But a faction in the party favours his emergence. Olusola Oke of the AD left APC because of perceived injustice against him in equally contentious APC primary while Segun Agunloye is more of an outsider.
After much controversy though, the election is underway but like every election, the candidates are raising allegations of bias against INEC.
Who will win this election? Please share your opinion