The Secretary to the Government of Oyo State, Alhaji Ismael Alli, has declared his intention to vie for the governorship seat in the state in 2019, further populating the number of aspirants on the platform of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
Alli said he is throwing his hat into the ring after “due and diligent consultations” with party leaders, elders, his principal, Governor Abiola Ajimobi, other stakeholders and his immediate family.
In a letter of introduction to convey his intention to the stakeholders, Alli, 61, said his years of service jointly with other stakeholders in the Ajimobi administration had prepared him well enough to build on the unprecedented terms of the incumbent governor.
The letter reads in parts, “For half a decade, I have served, together with you, under the astute and architect-builder of modern Oyo State, Senator Abiola Ajimobi. Within this period, we have jointly gained tremendous knowledge about critical governance issues and become highly schooled in service-delivery to the citizenry. We have also actualised plans and projects to promote the socio-economic status of our state and our people.
“It is therefore with this sense of responsibility that I humbly convey my aspiration and offer my candidacy for the service of our state as its next governor. This shall be at the expiration of the unprecedented and highly impactful two-term tenure of our distinguished and acclaimed leader.
“Taking off from the foundation load by our mentor, we shall ensure the continuous security, safety, welfare wellbeing and prosperity of the citizenry; as we further the engendering of inclusive growth and development of the state.
“Consequently, I am seeking your support, prayers and partnership to successfully prosecute the project for the benefit of all, God willing.”
Alli, a graduate of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, hails from Idi-Omo quarters in Oja’ba area of Ibadan.