by Isi Esene
The October 20 gubernatorial contest in Ondo State is gradually taking shape as the three major contending parties have chosen their election flag-bearers.
The major political parties in the state namely; The Labour Party (LP), the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), and the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) had Governor Olusegun Mimiko, Chief Olusola Oke, and Mr. Rotimi Akeredolu emerging as candidates respectively.
The governorship party primaries took place on Saturday in separate locations amidst very tight security so as to forestall any violence among party supporters, no violence was however recorded.
The LP stood by the incumbent governor by retaining him for the October contest, but this was after Chief Francis Ogunjumelo offered to step down for the former minister.
Alhaji Ali Olanusi was picked as his running mate in the elections.
The former governor of the state, Dr. Olusegun Agagu led the PDP support for Chief Olusola Oke, the party’s former National Legal Adviser. Oke emerged victorious over nine other candidates to be the party flag-bearer with Mr. Saka Lawal elected as his running mate.
The Ondo ACN delegates chose not to rock the boat by sticking with the party elders’ choice of Mr. Rotimi Akeredolu, who emerged through a PDP-style consensus selection.
According to the Punch Newspapers, many observers view Akeredolu’s emergence as a mere ratification of the party national leaders’ choice.
The party primaries were attended by their various national leaders and observed by representatives of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).