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By: Oluwatosin Adesola
As ondo state prepares for the October 10, 2020 governorship election, Senator Nicholas Tofowomo representing Ondo South senatorial district in the National Assembly, has declared that the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) will defeat both Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu and the All Progressives Congress (APC) if the party pick its governorship candidate from the district.
Over 15 Aspirants from Ondo South that has six local government areas namely; Odigbo, Okitipupa, Ilaje, Irele, Ese-Odo and Ile-Oluji/Oke-Igbo, have indicated interest to contest in the PDP primaries slated for July 22, 2020.
In a press statement issued by his Media Aide, Olumide Akinrinlola and made available to SUNSHINETRUTH in Akure, Senator Tofowomo, said only two of all the aspirants from the Ondo South could lead the opposition party to victory against the incumbent governor.
The Senator, who was elected on the PDP platform, said the two aspirants he believed could win for his party, hail from Okitipupa and Ilaje local government areas but declined to mention their names.
He pointed out that the PDP had huge votes in Ondo South during the 2019 general election compared to Ondo north and Ondo central senatorial districts.
“To wrestle power from the incumbent is not an easy task, the more reason the PDP leaders need to be careful in deciding who becomes its candidate and from which zone to have the desired result.
”Right now, we have two formidable aspirants in Ondo South who are also viable, credible and experienced from Okitipupa and Ilaje LGA, respectively, and already equipped and have what it takes to dislodge power from APC”, Tofowomo said.
Tofowomo said: “With what is on ground now, there are two formidable aspirants in Ondo South, one from Okitipupa Local Government, and the other one from Ilaje Local Government. I believe the party will do what’s needful to rally round one of the aspirants so that one of them will become the candidate of the party.
“The two aspirants are good materials. They have what it takes to become the governor. They have done very well, they have moved round the entire 18 local governments
“We don’t have to beat about the bush. Ondo South is ready for the governorship election. We are going to produce not only the candidate of the party, but also the next governor.
“My position has always remained that the governorship ticket of the party should be zoned to Ondo South. Our leaders should come together and make a meaningful decision by zoning the governorship ticket to Ondo South.
“If you look at the last election, PDP had very good results in Ondo South compared to other senatorial districts.
“The present governor is from the North Senatorial District; but as soon as he finishes his four years, with common sense, the governorship ticket should go to the South because the Central Senatorial District spent eight years during former Governor Olusegun Mimiko administration.
“So the leadership of PDP should not play games, they should be very formidable and upright. I’m speaking for Ondo South now, we are ready for the governorship election and we will deliver a good result for the party if the candidate is taken from the district.
“The six local governments in Ondo South are very solid and I’m sure they are ready to produce a very good result. If the party zones the governorship ticket to the South, definitely, PDP will form the next government in Ondo State,” Tofowomo said.