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Ondo decides 2020: The Battle of Senior Advocates of Nigeria in Sunshine State

By Tunde Olorungbotemi

...•Eyitayo Jegede SAN
...•Rotimi Akeredolu SAN
...•Olusola Oke SAN.

Ondo state is one of the thirty-six states in Nigeria. The capital of Ondo state is Akure. It is one of the most popular cities in the state. Ondo is located in the western part of the country and one of the six western states. 

As at 2005 an Estimated 3,011,407 people live in Ondo state. Mineral resources: bitumen,Oil & Gas, Quartz sand, Clay, Granite, Limestone, Talc, Kaolin, Coal, Columbine, Rock, Tin, River, Mineral deposits, Bitumen which is the 2nd largest in the world, Ocean fronts and the largest Coastline in Nigeria.

The Ondo State 2020 Gubernatorial Election is near, although there are many political aspirants vying for the position but only three Candidates are strong in the battle and they are all Senior Advocates ; Rotimi Akeredolu, Eyitayo jegede, Olusola Oke.


Ondo decides 2020: The Battle of Senior Advocates of Nigeria in Sunshine State

Eyitayo Jegede attended St. Stephen’s “SA” Primary School Modakeke, Ile-Ife and was at Aquinas College Akure from 5 January 1973 to July 1978 for his Secondary Education . He was a Senior Prefect at Aquinas College and took active part in Sports in the best traditions of the family. He had his Higher School Certificate Education at Christ's School Ado Ekiti and was the School Volleyball Captain both at Aquinas College, Akure and Christ School, Ado Ekiti between 1978 and 1980.  He also captained the University Volleyball team at the University of Lagos where he had his Law Degree Course between 1980 and 1983.

Eyitayo emerged the winner of his party’s PDP primary by polling 760 votes to defeat the Deputy Governorship Candidate of the PDP in the 2012 governorship election, Hon. Saka Lawal. On November 23, 2016, The Appeal Court pronounced Mr Eyitayo Jegede as the gubernatorial flag bearer of his party, PDP. A position previously assumed by the billionaire and business mogul, Barrister Jimoh Ibrahim. Eyitayo Jegede SAN lost to the incumbent governor of ondo state , Rotimi Akeredolu SAN in the 2016 gubernatorial election as he came second with 150, 380 votes.

His ambition in becoming the governor of the state still in shape as he he will be battling with two other Senior advocates, Rotimi Akeredolu and Olusola oke. I hope he fixes the bridges between him and his people in Akure. Eyitayo jegede lost his stronghold district to opposition, even at his polling unit. The 2020 election will not be like usual as the Senior Advocate is trying all he could to take back his mandate.


Ondo decides 2020: The Battle of Senior Advocates of Nigeria in Sunshine State

Olusola Alexander Oke is a Nigerian lawyer and politician.
Oke was born on 7 April 1956 in Ilowo, a coastal town in Ilaje Local government Area of Ondo State. His father was from Ilaje and his mother hailed from Imoru town in Ose Local Government Area of Ondo state.

He was a governorship candidate in Ondo state in the 2012 gubernatorial election. In the televised debate before the election, Olusola Oke was adjudged winner by a vast majority of the viewers. According to popular youth activist, Olatunji Ariyo, in the second debate which featured only the three leading candidates, Olusola Oke appeared to be the indisputable winner. He exhibited candour, depth and came out smoking hot. The incumbent governor however did well in holding his ground while Akeredolu of the then ACN improved upon his earlier performance. The debate was also richer on issues although the candidates could not escape the temptation of typecasting one another as they laboured hard to adorn opponents with the corrupt tag which was an avoidable distraction.

Olusola oke was a top contender for the All Progressives Congress (APC) ticket for the state Governorship election in November 2016. He decamped to the Alliance for Democracy (AD) after the APC primaries and lose to Rotimi Akeredolu as he came third position as announced by the independent National Electoral commission(INEC).

Olusola oke has desired to rule ondo state for long, According to him, he understands the problems the people are facing and he promised to deliver the state to her promise land if given the mandate. Olusola Oke seems to believe in an adage that says "Quitters never win" as 2020 election will be the third time he will be contesting. I hope he learn from his past mistakes and work with the people to defeat his rivals, EYITAYO JEGEDE(PDP) AND ROTIMI AKEREDOLU(APC). Will Ondo State give Olusola Oke the chance to govern the state? Ondo decides 2020 Will answer that.


Ondo decides 2020: The Battle of Senior Advocates of Nigeria in Sunshine State

Akeredolu was born on 21 July 1956 in Owo to Reverend J. Ola Akeredolu of the Akeredolu family and Lady Evangelist Grace B. Akeredolu of Aderoyiju family of Igbotu, Ese Odo, in Ondo.

On Sunday, 27 November 2016, Akeredolu was announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission as the winner of the Ondo State Governorship Election. He amassed 244, 842 votes in the election while Mr. Jegede with 150, 380 votes and Mr. Oke with 126, 889 votes . According to Prof. Ganiyu Ambali, INEC Returning Officer, Akeredolu defeated two major opponents, Eyitayo Jegede of the People's Democratic Party (PDP) and Olusola Oke of the Alliance for Democracy (AD), to clinch victory. He was sworn in as the governor of Ondo State on 24 February 2017 in Akure, the Ondo State Capital.

Rotimi Akeredolu is seeking reelection for a second term as he charged the people in the state to vote for him for a second term, his infrastructure development and basic amenities with frequent payment of worker salaries in the state will give him a chance to clinch the mandate.

Now the Question is; will Akeredolu defeat Eyitayo Jegede, Olusola oke the way he defeated them in the last election? Ondo will deicides that as the battle will be Very Hot this time. No godfather, all the aspirants are coming with full force.

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