Indigenes of Owo community in Ondo North Senatorial District have advocated that the next governor of the state must come from the area, saying they will support any party that picks an indigene of the town as its candidate in the next governorship election.
The indigenes said the town had not produced a governor after the first executive governor of the state, the late Chief Adekunle Ajasin, who reigned between 1979 and 1983, appealing to all stakeholders to support the agitation.
In a communique after a meeting of stakeholders and governorship aspirants of Owo origin, held at Owo Town Hall on Sunday, the community urged the aspirants to constitute themselves into an electoral college and elect one among them.
In the communique, jointly signed by Dr. Joel Ademisoye, Mr. Olatunbosun Oladimeji and Mr. Olaposi Oyegoke, the indigenes called on the aspirants of the Peoples Democratic Party and the All Progressives Congress to come together and make sacrifice by letting one of them emerge as a candidate to enable the entire members of the community to support the person.
According to them, whoever is chosen must be prepared to accommodate the interests of the other contestants as much as possible if and when the party wins the election.
The communique reads in part, “The meeting resolved that the next governor of Ondo State must be zoned to Ondo North Senatorial District and the slot be conceded to Owo.
“That a strategic and publicity committee be put in place to enlighten the people and political leaders of the state and the nation at large to see the reasons an Owo person should be the next governor of Ondo State comes 2017.
“The meeting advocated that Owo indigenes, vying for the governorship position, should avoid any form of orchestrated violence, blackmailing and political attacks on their fellow co-contestants.”
The indigenes also resolved at the meeting that the religious leaders in the community should embark on spiritual warfare to back the struggle for an Owo person becoming the next governor of the state.
They noted that the struggle for the governorship should not be among Owo indigenes, many of whom are aspirants, but “one which requires the collective efforts of all Owos against the contending forces from outside.”