Ondo gov poll: Support youth candidacy, APC group tells Tinubu

A political support group in the All Progressives Congress, Renewed Hope on Thursday called on President Bola Tinubu to consider the idea of fulfilling his promise of youth inclusiveness in governance by supporting youth candidacy in the 2024 governorship election in Ondo State. 

The organisation said being the most influential political leader in the South West region, the President must continue to encourage young, experienced and trusted individuals to take up leadership positions in Nigeria.

The Convener of RH, Samaon Abiodun, in a statement in Abuja specifically called on the President to throw his weight behind pro-democracy activist, and real estate consultant, Oluwatayo Fashogbon for the Ondo governorship seat. 

Samson said the organisation was ready to mobilize millions of voters across all the local governments in Ondo State to secure victory for Fashogbon. 

According to him, Fashogbon a member of the APC from Oke-Igbo in Oke Igbo/Ile Oluji Local Government Area of Ondo State, was appointed as a member of Tinubu’s Presidential Campaign Council.

He, therefore called on Fashogbon to begin immediate consultation with stakeholders across party lines. This even as they called on President. 

Abiodun said, “Although Fashogbon is yet to officially announce his intention to contest in the 2024 election in his state Ondo or under which party to contest, indications are that some power brokers across party lines in the state are already shopping for credible candidates to the front in the election and Fashogbon’s name tops the list.

“We expect Fashogbon to accept the offer to serve and begin a consultation, especially at a crucial moment like now because of his track records in the private sector and his ability to mobilise young people across the regions, we can assure anyone that he is the best bet for Ondo State. His ability to bring people of diverse backgrounds and professionals of high calibre together for former Vice President Yemi Osinbajo is a testament to his ability to mobilize.

“We, therefore, call on him to again avail himself to be of service to our dear state, Ondo we love as much as he loves so much too. This is a rescue mission you cannot refuse to lead, Sir. 

“We call on President Bola Ahmed Tinubu who has done so much in the last 30 years building men and women across regions in the country to throw his support behind Fashogbon, should he accept to contest next year”

“Coming at the heels of the end of the beginning of his tenure, we are confident that Fashogbon more than any other candidate will ensure stability, progress and fair play across the polity. We say to Mr President that you have sacrificed so much for this nation and this is another opportunity to reward one of the very best in the state

Samson Abiodun said the leadership required to move the state forward is nothing short of a tested and trusted pro-democracy and nationalist.

“We have carefully scanned the political environment in the state in our search for a credible, knowledgeable, selfless, trusted and patriotic candidate to occupy the exalted position and our searchlight located him.

“His antecedents speak volumes. His compassion and passion for peace and development cannot be overlooked.”

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