Makarfi gives Jegede PDP flag for Ondo gov’ship

Daily Trust - - BUSINESS - From Bola Ojuola, Akure

A fac­tional chair­man of the Peo­ples Demo­cratic Party (PDP), Se­na­tor Ahmed Makarfi, yes­ter­day, is­sued flag to Ey­i­tayo Jegede (SAN) to stand as the party’s stan­dard bearer for the Ondo State gov­er­nor­ship elec­tion.

The devel­op­ment came few days af­ter the Fed­eral High Court, sit­ting in Abuja, de­clared Bar­ris­ter Ji­moh Ibrahim as the au­then­tic PDP can­di­date for the Ondo gov­er­nor­ship elec­tion.

Ibrahim emerged as the PDP can­di­date af­ter a par­al­lel congress or­gan­ised by the other fac­tion headed by Se­na­tor Ali Modu Sher­iff.

Jegede col­lected the flag at a rally or­gan­ised to mark the start of his cam­paign.

Speak­ing at the oc­ca­sion, the Ek­iti State Gover­nor, Mr Ay­o­dele Fayose, warned the INEC against con­nivance to sab­o­tage will of the peo­ple.

The flag was pre­sented to Ey­i­tayo by the na­tional pub­lic­ity sec­re­tary of the Makarfi-led fac­tion, Mr Dayo Adey­eye, who rep­re­sented Makarfi at the event. Makarfi said that Jegede was recog­nised by the INEC as the PDP can­di­date.

Fayose, rep­re­sent­ing PDP gov­er­nors, ap­pealed to peo­ple of Ondo State to sup­port the PDP can­di­date.

“We are in a coun­try where op­po­si­tion is now con­test­ing against INEC,” he al­leged.

“We are not con­test­ing against APC. We are now con­test­ing against INEC.”

He ad­vised the na­tional elec­toral um­pire to be neu­tral be­fore, dur­ing and af­ter elec­tion.

Ear­lier, the Ondo State Gover­nor, Dr Oluse­gun Mimiko, had urged the peo­ple to shun a group which he said was lay­ing claim to the gov­er­nor­ship can­di­dacy.

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