The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) National Campaign Council for the October 10, 2020 governorship election in Ondo State has asked the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and security agencies not to rubbish the credibility they had achieved in the September 19 governorship election in Edo State.
The Edo election was adjudged to be free, fair and credible while stakeholders in the nation’s polity commended INEC and security agencies for their neutral roles in the electoral process.
The PDP Campaign Council, in a statement on Saturday by its Secretary Publicity Sub-Committee, Kola Ologbondiyan, said it would defeat candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the election, Governor Rotimi Akeredolu in a free and fair contest.
“The PDP campaign counsels Governor Akeredolu to accept the reality of his self-inflicted woes of non-performance or withdraw from the race if he cannot stand the shame of facing the Ondo electorates with his empty scorecard for which a crushing defeat awaits him at the poll.
“Governor Akeredolu cannot point to any landmark development project his self-serving government has provided for the people of Ondo state in his almost four years as governor.
“He has failed in all the promises he made to the people of Ondo State; instituted a highly corrupt, incompetent, insensitive and unreliable system that has destroyed the legacies bequeathed by past leaders and left the people poor, despondent and in dire need of a new and purposeful leadership; which they have now found in Eyitayo Jegede.
“In fact, it is clear to Governor Akeredolu that our candidate, Eyitayo Jegede, will defeat him fair and square even in his Owo Local Government and that is why Aketi has become distraught ahead of the election.
“Governor Akeredolu and his diminished APC should come to terms with the fact that electoral manipulations and violence will not help them as the people have since withdrawn from them and are only waiting for election day to replace him with their new choice leader, Eyitayo Jegede SAN, on the platform of the PDP.
“Our candidate, Eyitayo Jegede SAN, is already in league with the people across the length and breadth of Ondo state in their collective quest to liberate themselves from the stranglehold of the self-serving Akeredolu administration.
“The PDP, therefore, campaign cautions INEC and security agencies not to allow the APC, which is not ready for the election in Ondo, to rubbish the credibility it had achieved in the September 19 Edo governorship election,” the PDP said.