Ahead of the governorship election in Ondo State, two political groups within the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state, the Ondo State Fresh Insight Network (OFIN) and Sunshine Crusader, have expressed different opinions over the zoning of the governorship ticket to a particular zone.APC
While the Sunshine Crusader urges the APC leadership in the state not to zone the governorship ticket, the OFIN backs the zoning of the governorship ticket “in the interest of equity, fairness and natural justice.”
The position of OFIN was contained in a statement signed by the chairman and secretary, Olumide Akingbade and Peter Adewunmi respectively who said the call for zoning was to cause disaffection within the party ahead of the party’s primary in August.
According to them, those behind anti-zoning are being used by some politicians within the party to achieve their selfish interest, saying the leadership of the party in the state will not be coaxed into jettisoning the spirit of fairness, equity and natural justice.
They said, “No genuine leader that loves Ondo State will stampede the APC for selfish interest and coax the party hierarchy into jettisoning the spirit of fairness, equity and natural justice.”
OFIN specifically said that the governorship slot should be zoned to the northern senatorial district of the state, noting that the zone has been sidelined in recent times.
“There are two major political offices in Ondo  APC today: the party chairman and the minister. The holders of these two positions are currently from the south and yet some faceless groups are clamouring for anti-zoning agenda to protect the interest of their paymasters.
“We started the fourth republic in 1999 with Adefarati (1999-2003) from the north. He spent four years. Agagu followed him (2003-2009) from the south. He spent six years. Mimiko took over (2009-2017) from the central. He’s about rounding off the eighth year. The spirit of fairness, equity and natural justice demand that the north should produce the next governor.
“Perhaps, we should pick our next governor from Ondo town because the Sunshine Crusaders and Honourable Bola Ilori say  no to zoning. Their submission and agenda is laughable and condemnable because it was propelled by nothing but selfish interest.”APC

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