By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
Oyo State Governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi who is also the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) Senatorial candidate for Oyo South Senatorial District on Wednesday said his decision to contest the senatorial seat was not for personal aggrandizement, but in deference to the clarion call of eminent citizens and leaders of the APC who persuaded him to run in the larger interest of the state.
The governor stated this when he led leaders of the APC and government officials to the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) secretariat to seek its members support ahead for the coming general elections.
According to the governor, his going into the Senate is to engender more development for Oyo state hence the need for CAN members and their state’s electorate to pitch their tent with the APC in the coming election to enhance the sustenance of his legacy projects.
“Let me say it here again that I had decided that I won’t contest any election again after being the first two-term governor, but some eminent Nigerians prevailed on me to rescind my decision and go back to the Senate. They told me not to be selfish; that they needed my influence and network to attract more developments to the state. The voice of the people is the voice of God. So, I’m going to the Senate to serve Oyo State, not for any personal interest.” he said.
Governor Ajimobi added that the developmental stride to be left behind by his administration can only be sustained by Chief Adebayo Adelabu, ” who I can, without equivocation, say is the only candidate that has the prerequisite knowledge of our developmental strides.”
“In the history of Oyo State, no administration has achieved all we have achieved in the areas of health, education and road construction to mention a few. Particularly, we have restored peace and security to this state.”
Welcoming Governor Abiola Ajimobi to CAN Secretariat, the Oyo State Chairman of CAN, Pastor Benjamin Akanmu declared that the association would forever be grateful to the governor for presenting a coaster bus for the use of members, assistance towards the completion of its state secretariat and sponsorship of members to Jerusalem, among other gestures.
“We have been supporting Senator Abiola Ajimobi since he won as executive governor of Oyo State in 2011. He has presented his successor to the general people of Oyo State, the successor is acceptable. We are praying for him that God will see him through. We are also praying for the governor to realize his ambition to return to the Senate.” he said
Pastor Akanmu added, “the Christian leadership in Oyo State has overcome political apathy, because such position will not favour the development of the people in general. So, we have been encouraging our members not to be aloof to politics.”
The CAN chairman however appreciated Governor Ajimobi for supporting the Christian body over the years, despite being a Muslim.
Earlier, the governor had led the APC road show and campaign trail around Ibadan, with stopovers at Dugbe, Ogunpa, Amunigun, Agbeni, Beere, Ijokodo and Awotan, where he met the Igede (Benue) Community leader, Chief Monday Onda, to seek his people’s support.