PDP govs, chieftains shun Ondo campaign flag-off amid internal rift

Crisis rocking the Peoples Democratic Party seems to deepen with just two of state governors of the party attending the party’s flag-of campaign for next month’s governorship election in Ondo State.

Governors Seyi Makinde of Oyo State and Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State were the only state chief executives who showed up on Saturday in Akure to support the party’s flag bearer in the election, Mr. Eyitayo Jegede.

Although the party’s national chairman, Prince Uche Secondus, was at the rally, prominent party leaders from the South West, such as former Ekiti State governor Ayo Fayose, PDP candidate in the last governorship election in Osun State Mr. Ademola Adeleke and party chieftain from Ogun State Mr. Ladi Adebutu were absent.

Checkout Magazine learnt their absence may be occasioned by an alleged rift with Seyi Makinde over the handling of the Ondo State governorship campaign of the party.

Amid the rumours of an internal division, in his address at the campaign flag-off yesterday, Secondus urged voters in Ondo State to support the PDP, saying their votes would lead to change and restructuring of the country.

He said Jegede, if elected, would bring about the desired change, and called on President Muhammadu Buhari to ensure that he bequeathed a legacy of free and fair election to the nation.

He said: “Nigeria is sitting on a keg of gun powder, waiting to explode. The only way out is for Buhari to conduct free and fair elections in Edo and Ondo states so that Nigeria can remember him.”

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