The women wing of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ondo State has called on the leadership of the party at both the state and national levels to field a woman as the running mate of the party’s candidate, Chief Rotimi Akeredolu (SAN).
In a statement issued by the coordinator of the group, Mrs Laria Kolo, the group stressed the need for the APC leadership to consider a woman as deputy governor of the state.
Mrs Kolo stated: “since the party did not pick a woman as governorship candidate, the best thing for the party to do is to choose a woman as the running mate to balance gender equality in the new administration to be formed by the party in Ondo State.”
She further maintained that there are many qualified women who are vibrant, hardworking, intelligent and committed members that are fit to occupy the position.
“We are aware that about four women were amongst the nineteen applicants screened for the position of the deputy governor and that is why we appeal to the leadership of the party to ensure that a woman is chosen among them.”
The woman politician said that picking a woman for the post of the Deputy Governor would help to integrate the women folk into the party.
“Knowing full well that women have the highest number of votes during the election, both at the state and the federal levels,
it will be in the best interest of the party to choose a woman as the deputy governor and this will further boost the chances of the party.” she added.
It was however gathered that the candidate of the party, Akeredolu has conceded the choice of his running mate to the leadership of the party.
Akeredolu gave the indication at a public function that the choice of who becomes the deputy governor is the exclusive right of the party.