- Governor Gboyega Oyetola seems to be coasting to victory as the sole candidate of the APC in the 2022 governorship election
- APC leaders in all the nook and crannies of the southwest state have been endorsing the governor ahead of the election
- Many say Governor Oyetola's performance in all sectors of the state have endeared him to party leaders and the populace at large
Osun- The All Progressives Congress (APC) leaders in Ede/Egbedore/Ejigbo Federal Constituency in Osun on Tuesday, November 30 banned other aspirants who would want to contest in the forthcoming gubernatorial election in the state from contesting against Governor Gboyega Oyetola in 2022.
The leaders numbering about 100 from the four (4) local government areas, who converged at the Ido-Osun in their numbers for the federal constituency meeting also reaffirmed their support for the re-election of Governor Oyetola.
They all agreed that the governor has done well in terms of infrastructural development in the area, adding that, whoever contests the primary against the governor from the constituency is not known to them and he or she would not have their support in any form whatsoever.
The APC leaders said that decision to declare Governor Oyetola as their sole candidate for the upcoming gubernatorial election was borne out of the conviction they have that he would definitely take the state to an enviable status among the comity of states.
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Addressing a press conference, the APC chairman in the federal constituency, Alhaji Gbadebo Ajao said they were impressed by the starling administrative style and unprecedented achievements of the governor in their federal consistency.
“We are saying OYETOLA LEEKAN SI as we continue to strategise as a federal constituency to take the governorship position from Alhaji Isiaka Adegboyega Oyetola coming 2026.
“This conference becomes highly inevitable at this time after wide consultations across all divides within our federal constituency.
“The precarious political situation in the country wherein everyone sees his/her party/group as the most popular to win any election at whatever level without weighing nor possessing all prerequisites for winning a good election calls for this conference since our federal constituency is not an island.
“Since democracy permits free expression of views, agitations, interests, demonstrations, and any means of driving home your needs at a point in time, it has grossly been misused in the recent past.
“Based on the above premise, our agitations in 2018 tagged “WEST LOKAN” was born out of perceived and adjudged marginalization and total neglect in the preceding years which served as fueling pads for the movement.
“However, the election of Alhaji Isiaka Adegboyega Oyetola with his pragmatic, all-inclusive, bottom-up approach and sterling administrative style of his administration have brought solace and comfort to our federal constituency in many facets and spheres.
“His Excellency Alhaji Isiaka Adegboyega Oyetola should be given our unwavering support for his re-election come July 16th 2022.”
Osun state House of Assembly ex-Speaker Hon Najeem Salaam who is believed to have the backing of the former governor of the state, Rauf Aregbesola had earlier declared his intentions to contest for the seat, he hails from the federal constituency.
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Similarly, the governor of Ondo, Rotimi Akeredolu has revealed why his Osun state counterpart should be re-elected for another term.
Akeredolu said Osun state would gain more from Oyetola if he is elected for another four years in office.
The governor who made the disclosure while speaking on the sidelines of the 30th anniversary of the creation of Osun explained that the state government under Oyetola's leadership is doing very well.
I have no personal issue with my predecessor Aregbesola - Oyetola
Meanwhile, amid speculations on the alleged rift with his predecessor, Aregbesola, the governor of Osun state finally set the record straight.
The governor said he has no problem with Aregbesola, who is now the minister of interior, except on issues that concern governance.
Oyetola said this while reacting to reports of a rift between him and the minister, who he served as chief of staff for eight years when he was governor.