Oyo 2019: 5 top candidates Ajimobi eyes as likely successor revealed
*No other party exists in Oyo after APC
By Debo Adeoye, Ibadan
Less than 72 hours after Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State made a controversial statement that he would unveil his successor by May next year ahead of the 2019 Governorship election, Agodi Government House sources have revealed names of five top politicians on the card of the governor as possible successor.
www.gongnews.net gathered on Wednesday night that the would-be anointed candidates not in particular order he picked are his current Commissioner of Finance, Mr. Bimbo Adekanmbi; a grand child of famous leader of NCNC during the pre-independence days, Alhaji Adegoke Adelabu, who is a Deputy Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria in the person of Mr. Adebayo Adelabu; his erstwhile Commissioner for Works, an Oyo indigene and chieftain of the party, Alhaji Yunus Akintunde; a legal luminary, Chief Adeniyi Akintola (SAN) and his ex-Chief of Staff, Professor Adeolu Akande.
It will be recalled that Ajimobi had on Monday at a media interactive session to mark his 6th year in office said: “many of those who have shown interest in becoming the next governor are qualified while some are not qualified to be members of the House of Assembly. I want a leader who can envision, be courageous. Oyo needs someone who is an intellectual, passionate, not afraid to take tough decisions, has the interest of the people at heart, not interest of the few. I have seen about five of those aspiring with potentials. I feel by May 2018, I will know who the person is.”
Ruling out the possibility of any of the opposition parties upturning the apples cart to dislodge his party from the coveted seat, Ajimobi had posited “the All Progressives Congress in the state remains the only party in the state and is united. We have a united front. We can have those who are recalcitrant, trouble makers, rabble rousers, mischievous politicians. Is there any other party than APC in Oyo state?
“However, I have found at least five of them to be worthy in character and in learning. No more mediocrity in the governance of Oyo State. We have raised the bar. But, by May next year, I should be able to have a clearer picture of my likely successor, whom, I’m confident, will also be the people’s choice.”