Ondo Polls: Jegede may have won the debate, but…
By John Eche
Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP in the Ondo governorship polls, Eyitayo Jegede, SAN may have won the debate conducted by Channels Television in Akure on Wednesday but what still has to be confirmed is whether his party has presently done all that is needed to ensure victory in Saturday’s very testy electoral contest.
Wednesday’s debate session was one between the acknowledged frontrunners and saw Jegede locked in with incumbent Governor Rotimi Akeredolu who is flying the flag of the All Progressives Congress, APC.
In the course of the debate, the candidates responded to questions on the economy, education, infrastructure, security and the #EndSARS campaign, among other issues.
The Difference checks at the end of the day were that Jegede appeared to be the most confident and assured of both men as he quite calmly and confidently fielded questions in a most mature and impressionable way. On his part, Akeredolu tended to focus on his track record of service, goading the younger man to literally agree with him that from what he Akeredolu had achieved in the first term, it was quite clear that even he Jegede would agree to back his bid for a second term! In his reaction however, Jegede affirmed that he was running to do even more.
However, analysts say that the rest of the issues would be determined by how well the candidates have carried out their field politics.
As at the time of going to press, the PDP campaign had been reinforced by the likes of Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State and Nyesom Wike of Rivers with Lagos Governor, Babajide Sanwoolu and Kogi’s Yahaya Bello leading the stormtroopers on the APC side. Other notable politicians that have showed up in the process include Iyiola Omisore, Peter Obi and Rabiu Musa Kwankwanso.
Mr. Eyitayo Jegede, Ondo PDP gubernatorial candidate