The governorship ticket of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the forthcoming election in Ondo State will be contested by aspirants from the Southern Senatorial District.

This was the decision reached by stakeholders at a meeting of the party on Friday in Akure.

Spokesman for the PDP, Kennedy Peretei said the idea of a southern candidate is line with the current political trend and it would unwise to rise against the tide.

The decision was further concretised at a stakeholders meeting of the party on Friday in Akure, the Ondo State Capital.

“We have held several meetings of party at different levels where the idea of zoning to the south was discussed, but on Friday we decided to brief other levels of the party leadership on the present situation,” Mr Peretei said.

“However, we are also aware that the party constitution so not categorical provide for the zoning, however we know that to decide otherwise, would be going against the tide.”

He said the ruling APC already have a governor from the south who would be running in the coming election, noting that it was only pragmatic for the party to go southwards.

“If you look at what is going on, you will realize that the feeling is that the next governor should come from the south, and we needed to brief the stakeholders on this so they don’t start reading it on the pages of newspapers and the social media,” Mr Peretei further said.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has slated the gubernatorial election in the state for November 16, 2024.

Political parties are expected to conclude their primaries between April 7 and April 27.

The parties are expected to submit the names of their candidates from April 29 to May 20.

A handful of aspirants are already hustling for the attention of party supporters ahead of the primaries.

However, the party says the actual number of contenders would be known when they begin to pick the expression of interest forms next week.

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