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800 delegates to pick Ondo PDP guber candidate

By Adamu Abuh and Oluwaseun Akingboye
04 August 2016   |   4:28 am
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday disclosed that over 800 delegates would be involved in electing the party’s candidate in the August 22 primary election for the governorship poll in Ondo State.

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• Ajimobi heads APC screening committee
• Group wants running mate from south

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday disclosed that over 800 delegates would be involved in electing the party’s candidate in the August 22 primary election for the governorship poll in Ondo State.

State Chairman of the PDP, Clement Faboyede, said delegates would be recognised by party leaders from the 203 political wards and 18 local councils of the state, three from each ward to join other delegates for the primaries.

Meanwhile, the leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has inaugurated a seven-member committee to screen the party’s candidates for Ondo governorship election.

The committee is chaired by Oyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi.

The National Organising Secretary of the APC, Senator Osita Izunaso, who inaugurated the panel also constituted a three-member screening appeal committee for the governorship primaries.

Other members of the screening panel are: Mr. Joe Igbokwe, Fatsuma Talba, Chief Felix Nwachukwu, Mr. Aminu Jacob Momoh, Alhaji Mustapha Abubakar and Alhaji Umar Duhu (secretary).

The three-member screening appeal committee is chaired by former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Agunwa Anaekwe. Other members are: Sadiq Abdullahi and Dr. Bashiru Ajibola (secretary).

Izunaso charged the screening committee to thoroughly scrutinise all documents submitted to the party by aspirants and ensure that all candidates meet the eligibility requirements.

Still on the guber poll, a group, Ondo South Youth Forum (OSYF), has called on the All Progressives Congress (APC) to ensure that the party’s running mate in the governorship election is picked from the southern senatorial district.

According to the spokesman of OSYF, Wole Ebiwon, while speaking with The Guardian yesterday: “The southern senatorial district of Ondo State cannot afford to be marginalized once more especially as we move to another round of governance in the state.”

He added: “It is almost certain that the APC will pick the governorship candidate from the northern senatorial district and the PDP will pick from the central district. It will be political suicide for the APC to look towards the central for the deputy governor.”

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