Ondo 2020: Group Urges APC To Pick Guber Candidate From South - THE DAILY CRUCIBLE



Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Ondo 2020: Group Urges APC To Pick Guber Candidate From South

Godwin Akomah, Southwest Bureau

A pressure group, Sunshine Liberation Movement, within the Ondo State chapter of the All Progressives Congress(APC),   has called on the leadership of the party to zone the governorship ticket to the Ondo South Senatorial district, declaring that the Governor Rotimi Akeredolu who is from the North senatorial district, has failed the party.

In a statement on Tuesday by its coordinator, Prince Dipo Ajidahun and made available to The Daily Crucible, the group claimed that President Muhammadu Buhari lost the last presidential election in the State owing to the alleged anti-party conducts of the governor, stressing that is no wisdom or justification for handing a second term ticket to him.

“We are all living witnesses to how the governor, allegedly,  ditched the APC during the last presidential and National Assembly elections simply because his candidates could not win in the party’s primary elections.

“He, allegedly, ditched our party and dusted up Action Alliance (AA), a mushroom party, which cost us victories in the central and south senatorial districts where the bulk of the Ondo State votes come from.

“During that testy period, the opposition Peoples Democratic Party quickly capitalised on the disharmony in the party and won the presidential and national assembly elections with landslide victory.

“Indeed, former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar, who was PDP’s presidential candidate, also defeated President Buhari in those areas.

“Now, it will only be foolhardy on the part of the APC in Ondo State to leave the South Senatorial district where the PDP holds sway and which has large votes, and release its ticket to Akeredolu from the north district with minimal votes.

“And since the central district produced a governor for eight years in the person of Dr. Rahman Mimiko, it is only wise to pick our next governor from the south district and pick his running mate from the central district,” the group said.

It also appealed to President Buhari to let there be more federal presence in Ondo State, claiming that the state is yet to benefit enough from federal projects, with particular reference to road constructions.

“Besides, we plead with the President to consider Ondo indigenes into viable boards and parastatals when next they are to be re-constituted, as our people have been relegated to the background in the scheme of things in the country,” the group further appealed.

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