Ondo guber poll: PDP youths tackle Mimiko over bid to impose candidate

By Sunday Aloba, Akure 

The crisis rocking the Ondo State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) took a new turn on Tuesday as youths in the party have vowed to resist alleged bid by the state governor, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko to foist a candidate on the party. 

Mimiko is said to have endorsed the current Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Eyitayo Jegede (SAN) for the governorship ticket of the party. 

The crisis rocking the party over the governorship candidate of the party worsened as youths from North and South senatorial districts vowed to frustrate the idea. 

The youths under the aegis  of North/South Senatorial Youth Campaigners (NSSYC) in a statement signed by the group leader, Mr Dele Ayeni accused the leadership of the party in the state for working against the progress of the party. 

They alleged that the said leaders are working for a faction of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in order to deliver the state to the opposition. 

The youths insisted that the PDP must conduct party primaries to pick a candidate instead of imposition being planned by the leadership of the state chapter of the party. 

The group said Mimiko was planning to present a weakling to the electorate so that the PDP would be easily defeated in the forthcoming election. 

They alleged that both Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki and former Vice President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar are interested in the candidacy of Jegede in order to help them have an inroad into the state ahead of 2019 presidential election in the country. 

But Mimiko, in one of the recently political functions said the primary would be transparent and that he would allow the party delegates to choose their candidate.


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