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2019: I’ll contribute my quota to national debate in senate-Ajimobi

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Governor Ajimobi Abiola

 

 

 

THE coast is now clear for the senatorial ambition of Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State as he said he would contribute his quota to national debate in the senate in 2019 if elected.

 

The governor polled a total number of 2,659 votes yesterday at a primary election held to present a candidate to represent Oyo South Senatorial District of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the senate in 2019 against his sole contestant, Dr. Fola Akinosun, who got 168 votes from the total accredited number of 2,876 from which 46 number of votes were voided, hailed the electoral process that led to his victory and success for him to return to the Senate, where he had earlier served from the year 2003 to 2007, promising to go back and contribute his quotas towards the growth of the country.

 

The exercise which started around 6:30 pm due to what the Electoral Committee Chairman, Ambassador Ademola Seriki attributed to as late arrival of voting materials from Abuja, covered the nine local government areas that comprised Oyo South Senatorial district, namely Ibarapa North, Ibarapa East, Ibarapa Central and Ido Local Government.

 

Others are Ibadan North, Ibadan South-East, Ibadan South-West, Ibadan North-East and Ibadan North-West.

 

The governor further added: “I look forward to going back to the Red Chamber to go and contribute my own quota to the national debate and the progress of the nation. I wish to bring to fore, my parliamentary experience to grow a Nigeria that the next generation of Nigeria will be proud of and the process has started today.”

 

“The people of Oyo South Senatorial district should expect great performance as I have done as a governor. I am going to repeat same, by God’s grace.”

 

“The election was free, fair and transparent. I was even happy that my younger brother, Dr Fola Akinosun could score so high, as high as 168 votes. I think he tried. And you can see that it was transparent, everybody was happy and I am happy about it.”

 

Dr. Fola Akinosun who had earlier protested the late commencement of the exercise and darkness at the venue before efforts were put in place to provide illumination to the Ibadan North local Government Secretariat, Agodi venue of the primary, however told reporters that he was ready to accept the result of the primary election in as much as it was free and fair as well as devoid of rancour, as according to him, he took part in the exercise as a free citizen and would be happy if the outcome reflected the wish of the people.

 

“This election is not about life. It is about representation and should not be by force. I promise to accept the outcome of the polls and that is if the due diligence is done. We are in the same party and we shall not allow internal election create crisis for our party.”

 

“I am miffed with the arrangement here earlier in the day. It was so dark and you expected people to cast their votes in the dark? I had to also ask somebody to buy wires and electricity bulbs to compliment the ones eventually provided by the committee to have this illumination. I think that should not have happened,” he said.

 

The Chairman, Electoral Committee of Oyo South Senatorial District, Ademola Seriki described the exercise as “another successful primary that my committee has conducted. We did a successful primary last Sunday to bring in APC guber candidate in Oyo State.”

 

“You heard what happened in some States that conducted the same exercise. Some were not as successful as Oyo State and I give the credit to the aspirants and the entire members of this great party in the State for making this exercise worthwhile.”

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