The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ondo State on Wednesday 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 candidate.
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.
The Publicity Secretary of the PDP in Ondo State, Mr. Banji Okunomo in an interview said the credentials of Mafo qualified him for the position.
According to Okunomo, the decision to pick Mafo was taken by the highest decision body of the PDP in Ondo State.
His words: “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.
“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.
“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 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.
“His name has been forwarded to the INEC as the Deputy Governorship candidate of the PDP. With this development, all party members are further directed to go about their normal campaign, this time, for the Eyitayo/Mafo ticket.
“Finally, the party wishes to congratulate Prince John Ola Mafo for this political elevation,” Okunomo said.