- Ondo women on the platform of the Aketi group have demanded the deputy governor slot
- The women who are also members of the APC in the state said that females have played many crucial social-political roles without recognition
- The females claimed that Ondo is the only state in the Southwest where women are not recognised in politics
Female supporters of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ondo have called on Governor Rotimi Akeredolu to pick a woman as his running mate ahead of the forthcoming gubernatorial election.
The women who are also members of Aketi group, made this demand during a solidarity rally on Tuesday, July 28, in Akure, the state capital, The Nation reports.
The women argued that they have performed crucial functions in socio-political struggles with no recognition or political appointment as compensation, adding that this is not the case in the northern part of the country.
Princess Adebunmi Osadahun, the coordinator of the Aketi Women, speaking with journalists on the issue pointed out that it is only natural for the state to give back to them this time.
Osadahun lamented that Ondo is the only state in the southwest where the female folks are treated as irrelevant.
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She said: “Ondo state has never had a female senator since 1976. We have had just one woman in the House of Representatives, courtesy of Pa Adefarati. The position of secretary to the state government is a no-go area for Ondo state women.
“Women are more prudent, loyal, more hardworking and better managers of men and resources. Ondo state women must not become a laughing stock. We are becoming more sensitive to our situation of relegation."
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that the APC in Ondo had denied reports that Governor Akeredolu has chosen Lucky Ayedatiwa from Ilaje local government area as his running mate.
The spokesman of the ruling party in the state, Alex Kalejaiye, said on Wednesday, July 29, that the governor is still looking for a perfect person to fill the position.
There were viral media reports that Ayedatiwa became Governor Akeredolu's choice after much consultations with his Aketi political group and members of his campaign organisation.