Olabisi Longe, Akure
The sole candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) in the party’s governorship primary election in Ondo State, Dr. Olu Agunloye, has emerged the governorship candidate of the party for the Nov.26 governorship election in the state.
Agunloye, a former Minister for Power under former President Olusegun Obasanjo and pioneer Corps Marshal of the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), was unanimously adopted by the 310 delegates across the 18 local government areas of the state.
In his acceptance speech after the exercise, Agunloye thanked the party’s members and the chairman of congress committee for finding him worthy to fly the flag of the party in the forthcoming gubernatorial election.
His words; “I humbly accept the flag of the party and the responsibility associated with it. I assure you that I will not let the party down and will carry the flag to victory and install it high at the government house of Ondo State in February 2017.”
Earlier, the state chairman of SDP, Chief Korede Duyile, said the primary election was being conducted in line with the INEC guidelines.
“The directive from INEC guideline stipulates that all participating parties should conduct their primaries elections between Aug.18 and Sept.19, 2016. Here, we are today,Aug.20, holding our congress ; the very first party to do so in Ondo State.
“This shows our level of preparation for the election and pointer to our readiness for governance.
“I want to make it known to all delegates in our congress today that our sole aspirant, Dr. Olu Agunloye, has been a man tested in public offices in the past and been successful in all,’’ he said.
Duyile, therefore, called on security agencies to take appropriate measures to ensure safety of the people in the state before, during and after the election.
The state SDP chairman also called on traditional rulers, elder statesmen, community leaders and parents to prevent other political parties to shun violence.