Former Ondo State Commissioner for Information, John Mafo, has been named the deputy governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the November 26 governorship election.
In the same vein, the All Progressives Congress picked former House of Representatives member, Agboola Ajayi, as the running mate for the party’s candidate, Rotimi Akeredolu.
Their names have been forwarded to the Independent National Electoral Commission, just before the expiration of the deadline for the withdrawal and substitution of candidates for the election.
Publicity Secretary of the PDP in the state, Banji Okunomo, said Mr. Mafo possessed the credentials to run along with Eyitayo Jegede, the governorship candidate of the party.
“At a meeting of the highest decision making body of Ondo State Peoples Democratic Party today, the PDP resolved on the choice of Ola Mafo as the Deputy Governorship candidate of the party,” Mr. Okunomo said.
“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.”
Mr. Okunomo said the choice of Mr. Mafo was based on equity and political balance.
For the APC, Publicity Secretary of the party, Abayomi Adesanya, said Mr. Ajayi was picked as the deputy governorship candidate because of his connection to the people of the grassroots and his ability to mobilize.
Mr. Ajayi reportedly came ahead of two other prospective candidates, after the party leadership considered options before it.
Mr. Adesanya said Mr. Ajayi’s ticket was considered to appeal to the sentiment of the new entrants into APC, in order to give them a sense of belonging, particularly aggrieved members who had earlier defected from the PDP.