This medium gathered that the incumbent local government chairman of the PDP in Ilaje, pastor Omotehinse Oladipupo, and 8 others, decided to be neutral by not giving their supports to any of the aspirants for reasons best known to them according to the source who hinted our correspondent.
Not less down 21 members of the Executive members of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Ilaje Local Government Area of Ondo State appended their signatures in an endorsement paper in support of Banji Ben Okunomo, popularly known as BBO, as their sole governorship aspirant from the Local Government ahead of the party’s primary as the State prepares for its gubernatorial election in October 10, this year.
Okunomo was announced the choice of Ilaje Local Government Council as sole governorship aspirant of the PDP from the Southern Senatorial District of the State in a resolution signed by 21 local government executive members of the Party in Ilaje LGA of Ondo State.
“The Oil rich Ilaje local government from the Southern District of Ondo State cannot afford to lose the opportunity of producing the next governor of Ondo State after we waited endlessly on all the governorship aspirants to step down for themselves and pick one person as the sole governorship aspirant of our party from the local government,” the Chief Scribe of the Party in Ilaje local government, Banjo Ikuenogbon, who spoke on behalf of the 21 Excos, told Trek Africa Newspaper in a telephone interview on Wednesday afternoon.
The resolution dated May 6, 2020, was made available to newsmen in Akure, Ondo State Capital.
Trek Africa reports that Ilaje local government council has a thirty-member elected PDP executive, with eighteen persons as the elected local government Excos and twelve persons as the elected Ward Chairmen representing the council.
The fates of all the four PDP governorship aspirants in the local government, Banji Okunomo, Chief Sola Ebiseni, Prince John Ola Mafo and Chief Godday Erewa, were decided by 21 executive members of the party out of 30 members, while the remaining eight others decided to sit on the fence.
Twenty one (21) of them, (11 local government Excos out of 18, and 10 Ward Chairmen out of 12, resolved for Okunomo as the sole governorship aspirant from the local government.