The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), through governors elected on its platform is banking on the victory of its candidate in the October 10, 2020 governorship election in Ondo State, Eyitayo Jegede at the Supreme Court.
The opposition party is facing an existential threat, following the gale of defection from its rank to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
At the last count, three governors, elected on its platform; David Umahi (Ebonyi), Ben Ayade (Cross River) and Bello Mattawalle (Zamfara), have defected to the ruling party, with rumours of more to follow suit soon.
A source said the opposition party is already affected by the defection of its governors and apprehensive of the 2023 general elections, hence the resolve to join forces with Jegede to snatch Ondo State to its fold.
Jegede lost at both the Election Petition Tribunal and the Appeal Court to Governor Rotimi Akeredolu.
His appeal at the Supreme Court is now been seeing as a must win by the PDP.
The PDP onslaught, it was learnt, is being spearheaded by Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State. Wike is leading the charge to take over what a source described as the “leg work” in the case.
Consequently, the Ondo State chapter of the PDP has had to repudiate a statement from the South-West zonal Publicity Secretary of the party, Sanya Atofaratari, which lampooned the judiciary after the Appeal Court judgement.
The move was meant to dispel the notion that the party was against the judiciary.
PDP spokesman in Ondo State, Kennedy Ikantu Peretei, said the party never authorised the statement issued by Atofarati.