Don wants APC to jettison zoning in Osun 2018 contest

A former federal commissioner in the Public Complaints  Commission (PCC), Prof. Razaq Abubakre,  on Sunday appealed to members of  the All Progressives  Congress (APC) in Osun to jettison the agitation for zoning of the party’s  governorship’s ticket.


Abubakre, who represented Osun in PCC between 2012 and 2018, said this while addressing a group of Osun students on Sunday in Osogbo.


The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports  that the  Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has fixed Sept.  22  for  the Osun governorship election.


The former PCC commissioner urged the party to  consider merit in choosing its candidate instead of zoning.


Abubakre, a former Vice-Chancellor of Al-Hikmah University, Ilorin, said that since there was no zoning arrangement in the party’s constitution, qualified  aspirants  from any part of the state should be allowed to contest for the ticket.


According to him, the  APC should choose  a competent, reliable and God fearing candidate to fly the party’s flag in  the election.


“I will appeal to APC members to jettison the zoning arrangement and allow merit to be their compass in choosing their candidate for the election,’’ Abubakre said.


While commending Gov. Rauf Aregbesola for his laudable achievements in the state, he said  someone who shares  the same vision with the governor should be allowed to take over from him.


“For continuity sake, I will recommend that someone who shares  Aregbesola’s vision irrespective of which zone he is from should  take over from him.


” That is why I am clamouring that his Chief of Staff, Gboyega Oyetola, who is one of the 27 aspirants, be given the ticket because of his of pedigree,’’  he said.


Abubakre, however, urged the students not to allow themselves to be used as political thugs before, during and after the election.


NAN reports that there had been agitation by APC members that the party’s ticket should be zoned to the West Senatorial District of the state.


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