By AUSTIN OWOICHO, Abuja
There is no doubt that the October 10 Governorship election in Ondo State will be a close race between three strong contenders, Chief Rotimi Akeredolu, the incumbent Governor and candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief Eyitayo Jegede, SAN of the Peoples Democratic party (PDP) and the current Deputy Governor of the state, His Excellency, Barr. Agboola ,who is flying the Zenith Labour Party (ZLP) ticket.
Conscious of the fact that a single vote may be the deciding one in a close race as Ondo election is turning out to be, the three major contenders are reported to have been mounting serious pressure on the only SDP House of Representatives member from the state, Hon. Tajudeen Adefisoye, aka, Small Alhaji to help deliver the votes from his Federal Constituency, Idanre/Ifedore and those of the SDP supporters in the remaining 16 local government areas to them.
The popularity of the 36 old national legislator, which saw him defeating the incumbent legislator in the 2019 general election is not lost to the contenders who are said to be on his neck day and night.
The young legislator who has assumed the leadership of his party in the state being the only elected officer of the party is said to enjoy the loyalty of the state Exco as well as the backing of the party’s National Executive committee led by Chief Supo Shonibare.
Our source who attended a stakeholders meeting of some Ondo State indigenes at Abuja on Tuesday night further revealed that Small Alhaji will arrive the country at the weekend and will make a special declaration on the subject after series of consultation with party leaders at the national, state and local levels, as well as the community leaders in his Federal Constituency.