By Dayo Johnson THE police is to deploy at least 24,000 men for the forthcoming election in the state, the state commissioner of police, Hilda Harrison said yesterday. She spoke as the pan-Yoruba socio-political organisation, Afenifere, yesterday, warned against security breaches that could lead to the re-enactment of the 1983 uprising.
That clarity cannot be obtained at this point in time when an election is barely a couple of weeks away suggests a lack of seriousness on the part of political actors in navigating a rational and objective course in the country's political journey - just imagine having two candidates at the 11th hour of a major election. The plot will sit ably well in a Nollywood film, but we are witnessing this being played out in real life! The main flashpoints are as follows: the ratification of Jimoh Ibrahim by the Federal High Court in Abuja as PDP's candidate in addition to the candidacy of Eyitayo Jegede, and the tussle proper between whoever emerges as the candidates of the two major political parties in the state.
By Dayo Johnson THIRTY-SIX days to the governorship election in Ondo state, the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, is still encumbered by legal battles that have unsettled major players. The legal battle over the national leadership of the party has snowballed to the state creating confusion and uncertainty as the November 26 election approaches.
THE deputy governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Prince John Ola Mafo, has described the Eyitayo/Mafo ticket as the strongest to win the November 26 governorship polls. He said: "As far as Ondo State is concerned, no party is as strong as the PDP.
By Dayo Johnson FORMER governorship candidate of the Alliance for Democracy, AD, in Ondo State, Mr Akin Olowookere, yesterday, said he has no regret dropping his ambition for Olusola Oke, who just defected to the party. Olowookere, who was accused of taking N5million from Oke before he let go his governorship ambition, however, denied collecting a dime from the former Legal Adviser of the PDP.
By Dayo Johnson THE governorship ambition of the All Progressive Congress candidate in Ondo State, Rotimi Akeredolu, SAN, received a boost, yesterday, as some staunch supporters of one of the aggrieved governorship aspirants, Senator Ajayi Boroffice joined his camp. This is coming as Akeredolu inaugurated reconciliation committees in the three Senatorial districts to bring back all the aggrieved members of the party to the fold.
THE All Progressives Congress , governorship candidate, Rotimi Akeredolu, SAN, weekend, said welfare of workers would be his topmost priority. Speaking in Akure, Akeredolu said:"The welfare of workers will be our top priority.
THE Social Democratic Party, SDP, in Ondo State has announced the emergence of Princess Modupe Akindele-Martins as the running mate to the party candidate, Dr. Olu Agunloye. The former State Women Leader of the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, was annouced by SDP National Publicity Secretary Mr. Alfa Mohammed as Agunloye running mate over the weekend in Akure, the state capital.
Ondo state chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has reaffirmed that EyitayoJegede, SAN, remains the Governorship Candidate of the party, saying he is not a party to the ruling of Hon. Justice E O Abang, ordering that controversial businessman, Jimoh Ibrahim, be recognised as the candidate of the PDP in the November 2016 election.
By Dayo Johnson PDP candidate Eyitayo Jegede, SAN, has assured youths in the state that his policy as governor would make them employers of labour instead of job hunters. The PDP candidate, who assured the youths of a brighter future, said his government would give top priority to youth empowerment with the aim of making them self-reliant and employers of labour.