By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
Governor Abiola Ajimobi on Tuesday disclosed that he has no intention to impose candidates on the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in the May 12 elections into the 33 local governments and the 35 Local Council Development Areas in Oyo State.
The governor made the clarification while speaking during a town hall meeting and empowerment programme by the Chairman Senate Committee on ICT and Cybercrime, Senator Abdulfatai Buhari representing Oyo North District held at the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) orientation camp,Iseyin.
According to the governor who described Senator Buhari as the best Senator from Oyo state, there was nothing like imposition of candidates in the ruling APC in the state as far as the coming council polls will be concerned.
Apparently reacting to a protest by
some aggrieved APC aspirants and members alleging plans by him to impose candidates on the party for the council elections, Governor Ajimobi said contrary to the insinuation, members of the party are the ones that will decide on the method they prefer to use in each of the councils to select candidates that will emerge for the election under the APC.
“You see, all those saying we are going to primary, tell them that in boxing, two people will come, but there is no way you do it, one person must win. Of course, there is indirect primary and their is direct primary. We can use any of the two, it is what you decide. I want you to talk to yourself, I want you to sit and talk to yourself”. he said.
He stressed that there was no time he planned to impose candidates on the people of the state adding that what he want ” is for the party to decide the method they want to use in picking candidates and the candidates they want. “
“The local government election is coming. I will not impose anyone. But I want to beg you, please in each local government I want you to go and cooperate.”
Speaking on the 2019 governorship election in Oyo state, Governor Ajimobi said in as much as he wants an Oke Ogun person to succeed him in office, there will be no way for anyone abusing him to succeed him as the next governor of Oyo state.
Governor Ajimobi however advised the people of Oke Ogun to work hand in hand with the people of Ibadan to be able to realize their dreams of producing the next governor of Oyo State as the OKE Ogun cannot do it alone considering the fact that Ibadan alone is having 52 per cent of the total votes in Oyo state.