Rep. Nkoli Ndukwue (PDP-Abia), said that the Peoples Democratic Party’s candidate in the Nov. 26 Ondo state governorship election, Mr Eyitayo Jegede, lost due to lack of time.
Ndukwe said this in an interview newsmen in Abuja on Monday.
He said that it was unfortunate that the PDP’s candidate was replaced two days before the election.
The lawmaker said that Jegede did not have enough time to campaign before the election which made it difficult for him to win.
“We saw what happened in Edo,when it was not conducive, the election was shifted. So it is still within the jurisdiction of INEC to have shifted the election,’’ he said.
“He was just replaced two days to the election, so when did he campaign; when did he sell his party manifesto to the electorate.
“Today, PDP is at the receiving end, tomorrow we don’t know whose turn it will be.’’
Also reacting to the conduct of the exercise, Rep. Ajisafe Olowookere (APC-Ondo), however, commended INEC for a job well done by conducting a peaceful and hitch-free election.
He urged Akeredolu to ensure he paid off the six-month salary the Mimiko administration owned civil servants and pensioners to ease the suffering of the workers.
The lawmaker also called on Akeredolu to live up to expectations of the people by embarking on alternative means of turning the economic fortune of the state for the better.
According to him, emphasis should be placed on agriculture to generate employment for the teeming unemployed youths in the state.
He also called on the governor-elect to evolve pragmatic and people-oriented policies and programmes that would create wealth for the people.