Strong Nigerian Governor Bursts Deputy's Bubble, Picks New Running Mate Ahead of 2023
- The Oyo state governor, Seyi Makinde, has made his choice as to who will be his running mate in the 2023 general elections
- In what came as a rude surprise to a lot of people, Governor Makinde chose Barrister Bayo Lawal, one of his appointees
- The Oyo governor, by this rather strange move, has dumped his deputy, Engineer Rauf Olaniyan, in his gubernatorial ambition
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Ibadan, Oyo - In top-gear preparations for the 2023 general elections, Governor Seyi Makinde has made a serious decision that will hopefully boost his chances of victory.
The young Oyo governor has dropped his deputy, Engineer Rauf Olaniyan, as his running mate, Leadership gathers.
To join him in his gubernatorial bid, Makinde chose Barrister Bayo Lawal, the chairman of the State Housing Corporation, as his running mate.
Lawal, as reported, was one of three other persons widely rumoured as possible replacements for the deputy governor.
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2023: Winner finally emerges after Oyo PDP governorship primary
Recall that Makinde on Thursday, May 25, turned out to be the winner of the governorship primary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for Oyo.
Makinde, at the primary election held in Ibadan, the state capital, claimed a total of 1,040 delegates' votes and thus floored Hazeem Gbolarunmi who managed to poll only two votes.
Out of the total 1,048 votes cast, six were voided. In his announcement, Ben Obi, the returning officer who was represented by Abdullahi MaiBasia, said Makinde is the PDP flagbearer ahead of the 2023 general elections.
Governor Makinde publicly vows to resign
Meanwhile, Makinde had said that he would never take out of Oyo people's money for himself.
The governor made this assertion while reacting to the allegation levelled against Oyo state government of inflating the N998 million notebook contract for secondary school students.
On Sunday, April 3, Makinde, threatened to resign if the allegation was true.
The politician who also said the allegation was the handiwork of mischievous people who were hell-bent on defaming his administration, spoke at the grand finale of the first anniversary of a private radio station, Agidigbo 88.7FM, held at the International Conference Centre, ICC, Ibadan.
He said allegations of contract inflation, fraudulent contract bidding and contract ambiguity against his administration were untrue, insisting that if a thorough investigation was conducted and the allegations were found to be true, he would not hesitate to resign.