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Aspirant urges PDP to zone its governorship ticket to Ondo South



Otunba Bamidele Akingboye, one of the aspirants of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), for the 2024 Ondo governorship poll, has tasked the party to zone its ticket to Ondo South.

Akingboye stated this when he spoke with newsmen in Abuja, after the PDP National Working Committee met with stakeholders from Ondo State.

“The issues with party leadership have been resolved, and we are ready to return home.

“I am from the southern senatorial district of Ondo State, precisely Okiti Pupa, the town that has consistently delivered PDP victories since ’99, and we will continue to do so in the next election.

“I fully support the zoning of the ticket to Ondo South senatorial district as the sure path for PDP’s success.

“I have been contesting for the PDP’s ticket for 25 years, and now that it’s our turn, I am confident I will win,” he said.

Akingboye added: “I have the capacity, knowledge, and skills required to defeat the All Progressives Congress (APC).

“As an entrepreneur for 40 years, I understand that governance is about business and creating employment and wealth, which I’ve successfully done globally.”

Akingboye promised to give the people of the state the best, if given the mandate.

Another aspirant, Mr Olusola Ebiseni, expressed optimism that the stakeholders would reach an agreement on the zoning formula for the election.

“We have had series of meetings in Ondo and all the issues raised and there appears to be some level of understanding, I will not say agreement yet, but some level of understanding.

“I can say, particularly with respect to issue of zoning appears to have been achieved, that the governorship candidate of the PDP would come from the south central district of the state.

“If you look at all the other political parties, everyone that is contesting is from the South senatorial district.

“So, there appears to be state consensus, the consensus of the people of Ondo State that the next governor of Ondo should come from the South senatorial district,” he said.

Ebiseni, who was seeking the party’s ticket for the third time, said that PDP would get it right, if he emerged as its candidate for the state election.

“I have been chairman local government by election, three times commissioner to different governments in the state.

“I was a delegate of the federal government to the 2014 National Conference, and so many of the political profile that the name has become a household name in Ondo State.

“The party will actually be getting it right to ensure that I emerge as a candidate of the party,’’ he said.

Emmanuel Oloniruha

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