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Monday, 1 October 2018

Oyo 2019: 13 ADC aspirants battle for Ajimobi’s seat

The Chairman of Oyo State chapter of the African Democratic Congress (ADC), Dr. Hammed Ayinla, on Monday revealed that no fewer than thirteen aspirants on the party’s platform are jostling to succeed the incumbent governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi.

Ayinla made this revelation while speaking during an interactive session between Oyo State ADC executives and aspirants on the platform of the political party, which took place in Ibadan, the state capital.

The party chairman revealed that the 13 aspirants, who have collected and submitted their respective nomination and expression of interest forms, included former Secretary to the State Government, Barrister Sharafadeen Abiodun Alli, Senator Olufemi Lanlehin, Dr. Muhammed Kola Balogun, Engineer Rauf Aderemi Olaniyan, Chief Ayodele Adigun and Dr. Yunus Akintunde.

Others were: Ambassador Taofeek Arapaja, Senator Gbenga Babalola, Dr. Nureni Aderemi Adeniran, Mr. Oluseye Opatoki, Chief Festus Adegoke, Barrister Lowo Obisesan, and Engineer Aderemi Oseni.

Ayinla also revealed that there are 12 senatorial aspirants jostling for party’s tickets for the three Senatorial districts of the state.

Senator Monsurat Sumonu, the current lawmaker representing Oyo Central is among the aspirants.

He added that 55 Federal House of Representatives aspirants and 150 state House of Assembly aspirants have obtained nomination forms of the political party.

He urged all aspirants vying for various political offices on the platform of the party not to see the contest for ADC tickets as a do-or-die affair.

According to him, there were so many aspirants in the party because people believe in the popularity and credibility of the ADC.

Ayinla, however, assured that the Oyo ADC executives will ensure that the process of choosing party’s candidates is credible and transparent.

He was, however, silent about the issue of automatic tickets for lawmakers who crossed into the ADC from other political parties, as promised by the national leadership of the party.

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