By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
A Chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Oyo State, Mr Abisoye Fagade on Friday said the party’s 2023 gubernatorial ticket should be conceded to a competent and popular party faithful from Oyo Central Senatorial district
Mr Fagade in a statement made available to newsmen in Ibadan by his Personal Assistant (Media), Abiodun Alausa, declared that this became necessary ” in the interest of fairness, equity and justice”.
According to the APC Chieftain, the Senatorial district, ” which is made up of 11 local government councils, is also one of the three in the state and it comprises of five federal constituencies with a widespread across Ibadan, Oyo and Ogbomoso geopolitical zones of the state created in 1976.”
He stressed that in as much as every town, local government area or zone are important in the quest to move Oyo state forward, giving them equal opportunity to present their best for the exalted position of the governor would go a long way to assist the cause of having a developed and prosperous Oyo state very quickly.
“As much as we are not claiming that one zone is standing on the way of the other in the scheme of things, it is imperative for all critical stakeholders to work out a template for rotation of power among the three Senatorial Districts in the state so that the Agodi Government House occupation would not be an exclusive right of a particular zone at the expense of others”. he said
Mr Fagade added, “since there is no major town or local government council across the state which cannot boast of sons and daughters who are fit to be a governor, nothing should stop them from presenting them.”
” A quick look at the available record would reveal that Oyo Central Senatorial district remains the most deprived or marginalized in the record of indigenes of the state who have been thrown up to govern since 1976.”
The APC Chieftain stressed, ” only late Chief Kolapo Ishola from Akinyele local government area has ever been allowed to govern and he was in office for just 21 months out of the total 28 years of civilian rule in the history of our dear state”.
“Therefore, it would not be out of place for political parties warming up for the 2023 general election, especially the APC, to zone their gubernatorial ticket to Oyo Central Senatorial district in the interest of fairness, justice and political exigency. As people are expecting the build-up to start in earnest very soon, attention has to shift to the district which parades the best materials but which has not been allowed to throw them up for the desired service. All of Lagelu, Atiba, Surulere, Akinyele, Egbeda, Afijio, Oluyole, Oyo East, Oyo West, Ogo-Oluwa and Ona-Ara can be trusted to field an ideal candidate for the good of the democratic process.”
He however felicitated all Muslims especially those in Oyo state, on the occasion of this year’s Ramadan fast which, according to him, offers another chance for believing men and women to seek the face of Allah and rededicate themselves to sincere worship of Allah and uplift of humanity in addition to being advocates of peace, harmony and togetherness despite all the noticeable differences among the people of the society.
The APC Chieftain also commiserated with the traders at the Agodi Spare Parts market and those in Bodija Plank market who were victims of separate infernos which recently claimed their means of livelihood and we pray God almighty to grant them divine assistance which would enable them to recover from the unfortunate experience and also come back fully to continue their individual commercial activities in no time,”