Information available to AllNews Nigeria reveals that the Governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in last year’s governorship election in Ondo State, Eyitayo Jegede, is at war with some leaders of the party, especially those from the Southern senatorial district over position of national Publicity Secretary of the party.
Already, five persons have indicated an interest in the position, which was micro zoned to Ondo State.
They are Dr. Eddy Olafeso; a former Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Kayode Akinmade; a former Publicity Secretary in the PDP South West, Ayo Fadaka; a former PDP Ondo State Director of Publicity, Zadok Akintoye and a former member of the National Assembly, Barrister Debo Ologunagba.
Jegede was said to be rooting for Ologunagba but PDP leaders from Ondo South led by Senator Nicholas Tofowomo are in support of Dr. Olafeso.
The grouse of the Ondo South PDP leaders, according to sources, is that Jegede was responsible for picking the current state executives of the party led by Mr. Fatai Adams.
It was gathered that a meeting held on Wednesday night failed to produce a consensus candidate for the position.
Another source cited former Governor Olusegun Mimiko and former Deputy Governor Agboola Ajayi as pulling the strings in their bid to bounce back into political reckoning.
Mimiko and Agboola were said to be making moves to return to the PDP and the source said they are against the leadership of Jegede.
Speaking in a telephone interview, Olafeso said he was still in the race and denied rift in the party.
Olafeso stated that nobody has been endorsed for the position.
A chieftain of the party, Pastor Akinrinlola Olumide, in a statement warned the PDP against picking the wrong person for the position.
Pastor Olumide said the PDP needs a strong personality as its spokesman ahead of the 2023 general election.
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