SDP picks female candidate for deputy governor
Decision fulfills affirmative action
As part of strategies to win the November 26 polls, the Social Democratic Party (SDP) has picked a female deputy governorship candidate, Modupe Akindele-Martins to complement its standard-bearer, Dr. Olu Agunloye.
The SDP, which at the weekend in Akure announced Modupe Akindele-Martins as deputy governorship candidate, said it was in fulfillment of the country’s policy on 35 per cent affirmative action.
The National Publicity Secretary of the party, Mr. Alfa Mohammed, who made the announced her choice, said the party adopted it as a winning strategy.
He explained that many variables were considered before picking her.
Mohammed added that only the SDP had yielded to the clamour by the to have a gender-sensitive ticket.
According to him, the role of women in the society cannot be over-emphasised, noting that apart from being good advisers and experts in children upbringing, they are also the highest voters in society.
The party’s state Secretary, Mr. Oladele Ogunbameru, added that other parameters used in her choice as running mate were religion and geography.
He said the choice of Akindele-Martins has aroused people’s interest in
Okitipupa Local Council where she was born, as well as Odigbo, where she runs a thriving business.
“For the first time in 40 years history of Ondo, people will be having the privilege of a complete family lifestyle in politics and governance.”
Ogunbameru explained that Agunloye, if elected would govern the state as father with a motherly support.
He said this uncommon match would translate into responsible and responsive good governance as obtainable in other states and political climes where there is such gender equality.
The deputy governorship candidate said the time has come for women to contribute their own quota to nation building.
“The Ikale people dominate the southern district and the women are the majority voters in this state. My candidature is a voice for the women and a future for the Ikale people,” she said.