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Ondo 2016: Indigenes wants PDP, APC to pick Owo candidates

By Samuel Faleye, Akure

Indigenes of Owo town in Owo Local Government in Ondo State have written to the leaders of All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on the need to support an indigene of the town to become the next governor.The ancient town said it took a decision to write those involved at a meeting tagged Owo General Assembly (OGA) and attended by chiefs, elders, youths, religious leaders, professionals and politicians of the established political parties.

It added that the meeting also got the blessing of their paramount
ruler, the Olowo of Owo, Oba Folagbade Olateru-Olagbegi III and other
traditional rulers.

In the said letter, which the National Leader of APC, Asiwaju Ahmed
Tinubu, State Chairman, Isaac Kekemeke among others were copied and
signed by OGA National Coordinator, Chief Akin Aruwajoye and
Secretary, Dr. Monday Duromola the people lamented over
marginalization.

They also said they have put in place strategic voting system to
reduce the numbers of aspirants from the town to three.

Out of 50 aspirants jostling for APC ticket, Owo has seven of its
indigines, while only two have shown interest under the platform of
PDP.

In APC, they include, Rotimi Akeredolu SAN, Jamiu Ekungba, Bukola
Adetula, Niran Sule-Akinsuyi, Mrs. Jumoke Anifowose (née Ajasin), Akin
Awodeyi Akinfehinwa, Hon. Bode Ayorinde while that of PDP are Senator
Remi Okunrinboye and Nekan Olateru-Olagbegi.

In the letter, the community said “the zoning of political office at
both national state and local government levels has over the years
been embraced by all political parties in the distribution of
political offices at all levels of governance.

“Zoning has become well established and accepted as a panacea for
peaceful co-existence and inclusive governance of the diverse groups
in the polity.

“Coming Back home to the case for Owo, consider the recent trend of
rotation of office of Governor of present ondo state amongst the three
senatorial zones.

“Chief late Adebayo Adefarati from Akoko South West in the Northern
senatorial district was the governor between 1999-2003.

“Late Olusegun Agagu from Okitipupa local government in the southern
senatorial ruled the state from 2003 till 2009 and Olusegun Mimiko
from Ondo town in the central started ruling from 2009 and he will end
his tenure by 2017.

“It means the rotation of Governor has gone full circle round the
three Senatorial Districts and it should naturally come back to the
North”.

They noted that if the governor is expected to come from the north, it
should not be the town of the Akoko as they have once ruled the state
when the slot was considered for the district.

Apart from this, the people said Akoko had always been considered
first in the political sharing in the district since 1999

They listed some of the offices benefited by the Akokos as Deputy
Governor, Deputy Speakers Chief of staff to President, Ambassadors,
Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Ministers, and even the current senator
is from the that list.

They however urged political stakeholders in the state, particularly
those from Akoko to concede and allow the town to produce the next
governor of the state.

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