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Senator blames Jegede for PDP’s defeat in Ondo
Published January 15, 2021
Peter Dada , Akure
The Ondo State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party is to probe the role played by Senator Nicolas Tofowomo , during October 10 governorship election , the outcome of which is still a subject of litigation.
The State Publicity Secretary of the PDP , Mr Kennedy Peretei , said this in Akure , on Thursday .
The Ondo State senator had blamed disunity among PDP members for the defeat suffered by the party ’s candidate , Eyitayo Jegede SAN.
Peretei said , “ You and l know that the governorship elections result of October 2020 is still being challenged by Eyitayo Jegede , SAN, at the Election Petitions Tribunal . Talking about loss at the polls is accepting the outcome of the declaration by INEC.
“ Senator Tofowomo claimed to work for PDP at that election but this story of his suggests the contrary . However, as a party, we have not done a postmortem of that election for obvious reasons .
“ At the appropriate time , we shall revisit the election and the roles played by individuals will come to the fore . But for now , our focus is the tribunal ; every other matter is a mere distraction .”
Tofowomo , who represents Ondo South Senatorial District in the Senate , had at a media briefing in Akure identified internal divisions within the party for the crushing defeat it suffered .
Specifically , he said , “ After Jegede won the primary , that same night, I called him and I congratulated him. I told him he had already won ; he should forget the past and let us work together . I told him , you have two senators , embrace us and let us move round and meet all the 15 governors, so that we can raise money . He said he will get back to me .
“ He did not get in touch with me until after a month. I called and told him that he was not working as if he wanted to win the election .”
The lawmaker however expressed confidence that the party will soon resolve its internal conflicts.