By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
The Chairman Senate Committee on Information and Communication Technology (ICT), and Cybercrime, Senator Abdulfatai Buhari over the weekend said he remains the best governorship material in Oyo State for the 2019 election in the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
Senator Buhari who stated this in Ibadan on Saturday while featuring on a Fresh FM radio programme, South West ‘Political Circuit’ insisted that there is no going back in his determination to contest the Oyo State governorship seat in the 2019 general elections.
The Senator representing Oyo North Senatorial district emphasized that as at present, he stands out as the best governorship candidate considering his political antecedent, experience and academic feat which place him high and qualify him for the position of Oyo State governor in tandem with the standard already set by Governor Abiola Ajimobi who he said has raised the bar of governance in Oyo State to a high level.
“I only know myself as the only person who can serve the people of Oyo State better. I am going for the governorship of the state. I don’t know of anyone, I am the best candidate. I want to serve the people of the state. There is no going back in my governorship ambition” he said.
Senator Buhari stressed that Oyo State needs a governor that would be capable of continuing and sustaining the good works started in the state by Governor Ajimobi hence the need for a person like him to succeed him (Governor Ajimobi) in office.
Highlighting some of his plans at sustaining the standard set by Governor Ajimobi, the APC governorship aspirant said If elected as the next governor of Oyo State, he will raise the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) of the state significantly within the first 100 days in office without inflicting pains on the citizens as well as creating jobs the unemployed especially the graduates .
Speaking further, Senator Buhari frowned at the clamour for zoning of the Oyo state APC governorship ticcket to a particular senatorial district of the state, saying it was unconstitutional and could deprive the party of fielding the best candidate for the 2019 election
According to Senator Buhari , zoning the governorship ticket to a particular area will deny both the party of having competent hands in place, adding, ” I believe in the best candidate, I believe in competency. We need competent people who can do this job not where you are from”.
I believe in the best candidate, I believe in competency. We need competent people who can do this job not where you are from. Let the people assess us based on our merit. If the person from Ibadan that is the best than the one from Okeho or any other parts of the state , take him. All we need is the best”.
The Chairman Senate Committee on ICT and Cyber Crime however declared that he is ready to abide by whatever decision the APC takes on the 2019 election as he believed in party supremacy.