- The leadership of PDP in Ondo state has adopted Kayode Akinmade, a former aide to ex-governor Olusegun Mimiko, as House of Reps candidate ahead of 2019 elections
- Akinmade was a commissioner under Mimiko's administration
- Mimiko had recently dumped PDP and joined his former party, Labour Party (LP) in the state
The leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ondo state, on Thursday, August 9, adopted a former commissioner for information in the state, Kayode Akinmade, as its candidate for the February 2019 House of Representatives election in the Idanre/Ifedore federal constituency of the state.
The Punch reports that the members of the party in the Idanre council area had earlier adopted Akinmade, who was a commissioner under the former governor Olusegun Mimiko administration, as their candidate.
NAIJ.com gathered that the leader of the party in Ifedore local government area, Lawrence Ibukun, said Akinmade had all it took to give quality representation to the people of the federal constituency.
He said: “Akinmade’s experience as a former special adviser on media to the speaker of the House of Representatives, Dimeji Bankole, and a two-time commissioner for information in Ondo state would assist him in no small measure to bring quality development to the area.”
Ibukun further explained that the party decided to toe the line of bringing forth a sole candidate in the federal constituency in order to check people who did not have good intentions for the constituency.
He urged Akinmade to see Ifedore and Idanre LGAs as his people and ensure that equity and fair play defined and dominated his legislative agenda.
Ibukun also advised the leadership of the party in both Idanre and Ifedore to go back home and work assiduously for the victory of the party’s candidate in the election.
Earlier, Akinmade promised to provide quality representation and ensure equity and fairness in the distribution of federal projects in the constituency.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had previously reported that there were indications that Senator Ayo Akinyelure, chairman of the National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency (NOSDRA), is gearing up to defect from the All Progressives Congress (APC) and rejoin the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ondo state.
It was reported that the former lawmaker who is interested in returning to the red chamber on the platform of the PDP, has concluded plans to exit the APC.
Akinyelure, who dumped the PDP for the APC after the 2015 general elections, previously represented the Ondo central senatorial district during the dispensation of the seventh National Assembly.
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He subsequently contested for the APC governorship ticket in the state but lost out to Rotimi Akeredolu who eventually emerged as governor.
Akinyelure was then appointed as chairman of NOSDRA by President Muhammadu Buhari, in December 2017.
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