The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ondo State has forwarded the name of Prince John Ola Mafo to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as the running mate of Mr. Eyitayo Jegede (SAN) in the November 26, 2016 governorship election.
The party said the decision is in line with the directive of INEC that the issues bordering on withdrawal and replacement of candidates would elapse today, October 12, 2016.
Speaking with journalists in Akure, the state capital yesterday, the State Publicity Secretary of the party , Mr. Banji Okunomo said the credentials of Mafo qualified him for the position.
His words: “At the highest decision making body of Ondo State People’s Democratic Party today, the PDP resolved on the choice of Ola Mafo as the Deputy Governorship candidate of the party.
“The party took this far reaching decision after considering all factors that would lead to its victory at the poll.
“The party weighed a number of options including the credentials of Ola Mafo which ranged from being a former chairman of Ilaje local government area of Ondo State, and former Commissioner for Information in Ondo State.
“Mafo was also a former Special Adviser to Governor Mimiko and until his nomination, he is the chairman of the Ondo State Football Association (ODSFA).
“Mafo is also a foundation member of the PDP and a veteran politician from the Southern senatorial district particularly Ilaje local government, a native of Zion Pepe,” he said.
Okunomo who further stressed that the choice of Mafo was based on equity and political balance said, “For equity and balance, it is apposite for the party to uphold his nomination as the Deputy Governorship candidate.