GOVERNOR Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo state, on Monday, continued his campaign for governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief Adebayo Adelabu, declaring that Adelabu was the candidate that was most accomplished and well-to-do hence would not amass wealth cum embezzle public funds if elected.
Ajimobi who spoke during at a campaign for Adelabu and other APC candidates at Bodija and Yemetu areas of Ibadan, said Adelabu possessed the fear of God, was well-educated and from the Adegoke Adelabu family known to have been committed to the development of Ibadan.
According to Ajimobi, the concern of the former deputy governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Adelabu in vying for governorship was to improve the welfare of residents of the state and not to amass wealth.
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Ajimobi who echoed that his administration had recorded great strides over the course of seven and a half years, said Adelabu was the best candidate to ensure that the state does not veer off the path of development that he had set.
“We met Oyo state in a dilapidated form; we have done well and laid the foundation for development which Adelabu will consolidate. No one else will come to take us off the current path of development we have laid.
“Adelabu is from a great family. His grandfather worked for Ibadan. No other candidate can boast of better education, family bringing, and accomplishment than Adelabu. He is not hungry; he fears God; he is accomplished and is not going there to embezzle public funds,” Ajimobi said.
The campaign at the two venues had in attendance wife of Oyo State governor, Mrs Florence Ajimobi; state deputy governor, Mr Moses Adeyemo; Chairman, Oyo APC, Chief Akin Oke; leaders, candidates, stalwarts and supporters of the APC across various levels.
Speaking, Oke dismissed the planned coalition of some opposition parties aimed at dislodging the APC in the forthcoming elections as a dream that will not materialise.
Addressing the APC supporters, Oke said that the people of the state would not leave the road and head for the bush track being promoted by the opposition, thereby taking the state off the path of development.
Oke’s comment might be in apparent response to the position of a former governor of the state, Chief Adebayo Alao-Akala, who last Saturday vowed to lead a coalition of opposition parties to ensure that the APC does not emerge victorious in the forthcoming election.
Oke described Alao Akala’s statement as an empty boast of mushroom opposition political parties, noting that a lot of those said opposition parties were on the ballot papers just to make the numbers.
“We will not lose sleep over the empty boasts by mushroom opposition parties that are just on INEC ballot papers to make the numbers. They are having a dream that will not materialize. Their planned coalition will fail.
“Many of them have had the opportunity of ruling this state before and they failed the masses. The APC met the state in a mess and Governor Ajimobi cleaned it up. Our people will not allow this so-called opposition coalition to take us back to the woods.
“All we are after is continuity of good governance in Oyo State. Ganging up against APC will not yield any fruit. Nothing is as reliable and good as what God has done. Ajimobi is God’s work. Adelabu is God’s work,” Oke said.
In his remarks, Adelabu vowed to consolidate upon strides of the current Ajimobi government as well as live up to the expectations of residents of the state.
He said the state was in for digital, modern and vibrant governance, if he is elected.
Canvassing support for continuity of APC governance at all levels, Adelabu lampooned 16 years of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) led government, noting that amid plenty, the PDP had little or nothing to show.
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