Former President, Olusegun Obasanjo is currently in a closed door meeting with immediate past governor of Ondo state, Dr Olusegun Mimiko, at his Abeokuta Hilltop mansion.
The meeting which is being attended by Leaders in the southwest across party divide will appraise how to forge a common front to unseat the incumbent governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of the All Progressives Congress, APC.
It would be recalled that there have been talks on alignments and re-alignments as the clocks ticks to the much anticipated election.
An insider told newsmen that Obasanjo might appeal to Mimiko to allow the Peoples Democratic Party candidate, Eyitayo Jegede collapse his structure for the Zenith Labour Party, Agboola Ajayi in the face of the obvious dwindling fortunes of the PDP.
The insider, a PDP Chieftain, said many of them have told Jegede the consequences of his actions before and after the primaries, his choice of running mate and constitution of state executives were party’s undoing.
He added that Agboola’s increasing bloc popularity in Ondo South senatorial District, and Mimiko’s grip of the central portends that the PDP’s fate was sealed and instead of loosing out totally, it was better Jegede collapsed his structure for Agboola Ajayi.
“The feelers from the field for the PDP is not a good one. Apart from Akure where Jegede hails from, which LG can he boast of winning?
The only two PDP house of Assembly members are working for Agboola, ditto for all his co-contestants in the primaries and party chieftains who are working underneath for the ZLP.” The insider revealed.
He also expressed fears that with zoning arrangements not favorable to Jegede, a factor that contributed to his loss in 2016 and the underground support most PDP governors are giving Agboola, Jegede’s chances of winning the election gets dimmer.
“Ajayi is the only candidate from the south, a region that whose clamour is nothing but a governor having spent just 6 years under late Olusegun Agagu . Jegede is from the central which enjoyed 8 years under mimiko and the north has spent a commutative 12 years under Adekunle Ajasin, Adebayo Adefarati and the incumbent, Rotimi Akeredolu.”
The insider said before the Obasanjo meeting, talks have been ongoing on how to compensate Jegede since the window to tinker with the candidates that would have allowed him run as Agboola’ s running mate has already ended.
“In the face of obvious reality, we would have loved Jegede to deputize Agboola but the window for such arrange is closed by INEC. available options now are going back to his office as Attorney General and Justice Commissioner, in addition juicy appointments and slots for elective positions for his supporters,” the source added.
However, the media handlers of Jegede are yet to react to the new development.
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