The candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2016 governorship election in Ondo State, Mr Eyitayo Jegede, has described the call for zoning of governorship position to a particular zone as undemocratic.
Jegede who is also contesting for the governorship position in the forthcoming governorship election in the state stated this in Akure, Ondo State capital, said capability should be placed above zoning to ensure the development of the society.
According to him, the PDP would not recognize zoning in the forthcoming governorship election as being clamoured by some of the aspirants in the state.
He, however, expressed confidence that the national secretariat of the party will ensure a level playing ground during the July 22, 2020, PDP primaries.
He assured that the best aspirant will emerge at the end of the day as the party flagbearer and expressed optimism that the party will win the governorship election at the end of the day.
He said “The national secretariat has said there nothing like zoning, it’s not in the party’s constitution, it’s not in any policy. It’s just contrived by some people who want to achieve power by means other than the democratic process.
“We are assured at the national secretariat of transparent and democratic primaries and PDP is noted for that. By his grace, there will be a level playing ground.
“In any case, all the time and all the while, PDP has all put its best leg forward. Go and check, all the candidates of PDP have always emerged through primaries and this will not be an exception.
“The PDP is a democratic party, we just commenced a process that will lead us to the government house and the first thing we did was to obtain the nomination form and the Expression of Interest and by the grace on God we’ll be there.”
Jegede added that “my constituency is the entire Ondo State. It’s not a section. I’m not running for senatorial election, I’m running for the state election.
“We are hopeful by the grace of God that there will be no hindrance. We are hopeful that the people will demonstrate their preference through the ballot by the grace of God.