Osun APC members reject zoning

Some aggrieved members of the All Progressives Congress (APC)- the Development Advocacy Group (DAG)- yesterday in Osogbo staged a peaceful protest against the zoning of the party’s governorship ticket.
The protesters insisted that whether Osun West Senatorial District which had repeatedly agitated for the ticket equally produced it or not, the people were not really concern about where the governorship candidate hailed but the quality of the person of the governor.
The protesters numbering hundreds, who carried placards with various inscriptions, marched from the popular Ayetoro Road through Olaiya area to the party’s secretariat on Gbongan-Ibadan road. The protest, which lasted more than two hours, resulted in a gridlock on major roads.
Some of the inscriptions on the placards read: “Evaluate merit not sentiment, “Good governance is about merit and not zoning and “Don’t divide us, we stand on merit.’’
There had been agitation by some members of the party that the governorship ticket for the September 22 election be zoned to Osun West Senatorial District of the state.
Some members of APC from the zone had on July 6 staged a protest, insisting that the party’s candidate must emerge from the West District.
As a result of the agitation, the party’s primary slated for July 7 was postponed.
Ademola Oyedokun, the spokesperson for the group, told journalists at the party’s secretariat that merit should not be sacrificed on the altar of zoning.
Oyedokun said the agitation for zoning was a mere emotional tool and a negative value to serve the interest of a few stalwarts and not the people of the state.

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