- An aide to the Oyo state governor has disclosed that his principal will run for the Oyo South Senate seat in 2019
- The aide stated that Governor Ajimobi was being encouraged to seek the Senate seat in the upcoming elections, by party stakeholders
- According to the aide, Ajimobi is experienced, having being a senator before, and Oyo state needs trusted hands
Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo state has declared his intention to run for a Senate seat in the 2019 elections, Punch reports.
The development was made public by his executive assistant on political matters, Dr Morounkola Thomas, who disclosed that the governor wishes to represent the Oyo-South constituency in the upper legislative chamber.
NAIJ.com gathers that Thomas stated that party stakeholders were encouraging the governor, who had been a senator between 2003 and 2007, to return to the red chamber in 2019.
He stated: “It is those outside the state that are encouraging him to run. He has been there before and we need experienced people to give us quality representation.
“We need people we can trust, not people who will betray Oyo state and the southwest’s interest for a messy pot of porridge. We know those who betrayed us for mere Senate committee position.”
Following the comments by the governor’s aide, a governorship aspirant in the state, Chief Adeniyi Akintola (SAN), advised those seeking political office to pay their dues and be patient.
In his words: “In the camp of the progressives, you have to pay your dues and pass through the political tutelage.
“In 2010, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, at an event here in this local government with Senator Ajimobi and other leaders of the defunct Action Congress seated, advised me to show interest in the governorship race.
“I politely turned it down. I knew it wasn’t my turn. Governor Ajimobi wasn’t governor then but I know I should not jump the gun.
“Our governor has also paid his dues under the late Lam Adesina. Nobody can dispute that he is a Lamist."
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that a faction of All Progressives Congress members in Oyo state protested against the alleged imposition of candidates by Governor Abiola Ajimobi and his loyalists.
The protest which took place at the state secretariat of the party in Ibadan was organised by a faction of the party loyal to a former governor of the state, Lam Adesina.
The aggrieved members were said to be opposed to a reported plan by the Oyo state governor to impose party candidates in the coming council polls.
The party in the state is said to be divided into two major divisions, tagged the Lamists and the Senaco loyalists.
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