Pick candidates from Owo, indigenes beg Mimiko, APC



Ahead of the November 26 governorship election in Ondo State, the indigenes of Owo town have appealed to the state governor, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, and the leaders of the All Progressives Congress to pick the governorship candidates of their parties from the town.

The indigenes also lamented that the town had been marginalised in the political affairs of the state since the return to democracy in 1999.

This was contained in a letter jointly issued by the Chairman, Owo General Assembly and Chief Akin Aruwajoye, and the secretary, Dr. Monday Duromola, after a meeting with the indigenes of the town on Saturday.

The letter, a copy of which was made available to our correspondent on Sunday, was sent to the state governor and the state and national leaders of the APC.

The indigenes also said they had put in place strategic measures to reduce the number of the governorship aspirants from the town to three.

Currently, the governorship aspirants from Owo contesting on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party and the APC are nine. There are seven from the APC while only two are eyeing the ticket on the platform of the PDP.

In the letter, the indigenes said, “Consider the recent trend of rotation of the office of governor of the present Ondo State amongst the three senatorial zones. The late Chief Adebayo Adefarati from Akoko South-West in the northern senatorial district was the governor between 1999 and 2003.

“The late Olusegun Agagu from Okitipupa Local Government in the southern senatorial district ruled the state from 2003 to 2009 and Olusegun Mimiko from Ondo town in the central senatorial district started ruling from 2009 and will end his tenure by 2017.

“It means that the rotation of governorship has gone full circle round the three senatorial districts and it should naturally come back to the northern senatorial district.”