Ahead of the forthcoming governorship elections, the Ondo state chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Wednesday, October 12, forwarded the name of Prince John Ola Mafo to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as the running mate of Eyitayo Jegede.
Okunomo said: “At the highest decision-making body of Ondo State Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) 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.
This is in line with the directive of INEC that the issues bordering on withdrawal and replacement of candidates would elapse today, October 12, 2016. Banji Okunomo the publicity secretary of the PDP in Ondo state in an interview said the credentials of Mafo qualified him for the position.
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“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, former Commissioner for Information in Ondo State.” Okunomo posited that the choice of Mafo was based on equity and political balance saying: “For equity and balance, it is apposite for the party to uphold his nomination as the Deputy Governorship candidate.
Mafo was also the former Special Adviser to Governor Mimiko and until his nomination, he is the chairman of the Ondo State Football Association (ODSFA). He 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.