Ondo election candidates: Strengths and weaknesses

Taiwo Ojedele, Lagos

The people of Ondo State, southwest Nigeria will on Saturday, 26th November go to the polls to elect a new governor.

Although, Nigeria’s electoral body, the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has put 28 political parties on the ballot for the governorship election in the State, three dominant parties appear to have forced themselves into the people’s consciousness, making the contest a three-horse race.

As the front runners – the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alliance for Democracy (AD) and All Progressives Congress (APC) – round off their campaigns on Friday, political analysts have began an uneasy permutation about the possible outcome of Saturday’s contest with no one ready to place a bet on any of the three leading candidates: Prof. Eyitayo Jegede (PDP), Chief Olusola Oke (AD) and Mr. Rotimi Akeredolu (APC).

As the battle over who will occupy the Alagbaka government House in Ondo State heightens, Voice of Nigeria highlights some of the strengths and weaknesses of the three leading candidates

Eyitayo Jegede (PDP)

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Strengths

  • Has strong political structures and the backing of the state government
  • Has a strong financial base
  • Could benefit from the sympathy vote

Weaknesses

  • Not an experienced politician
  • May suffer from the adverse effects of the legal tussle for his ticket
  • May lose some support from core PDP members who see him as an imposition by the State Governor Olusegun Mimiko.

 

 

Rotimi Akeredolu (APC)

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Strengths

  • Has the backing of the federal government and ruling party
  • Has a large war chest
  • Has previous experience contesting for the governorship post

 

Weaknesses

  • Unresolved anger arising from the primaries of his party
  • His opponents in the controversial primaries are already rooting for the AD candidate
  • Weak grassroots support

Olusola Oke (AD)

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Strengths

  • Has experience contesting in the past
  • May benefit from the internal conflicts in the PDP and APC
  • Is unencumbered by internal party rancour
  • Has strong grassroots support in Ondo South Senatorial Zone

Weaknesses

  • His party structure is relatively weak
  • Is perceived to be politically unstable having changed parties thrice
  • May be hamstrung by limited funding