Oyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi, has assured members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state that he would not impose candidates in the forthcoming elections into local government areas and local council development areas in the state.
This followed the protests in the state where some members of the party alleged that there were plans by the party’s leadership led by the governor to impose candidates ahead of the May 12 polls.
But the governor dispelled their fears on Tuesday while addressing thousands of party faithful at the empowerment programme organized by the senator representing Oyo North District, Fatai Buhari, in Iseyin.
He said: “We won’t impose anyone in the local government election but each local government should work together to produce acceptable candidates for the election. There will be primary, direct or indirect. Just make your choice between the two. But my desire is that you work together to produce acceptable candidates. But I will support your choice.”
At the empowerment programme where the governor spoke, 32 vehicles, 300 motorcycles, several electric transformers, grinding machines, sewing machines and cash scholarship for students were distributed to constituents.
Ajimobi hailed Senator Buhari for his love for his constituents evident in his numerous empowerment programmes and proper representation at the senate.
Speaking, the senator advised beneficiaries to make good use of the items, stressing that they were capable of transforming their economic conditions.
Traditional rulers from Ogbomoso and Oke-Ogun as well as party and religious leaders attended the programme.