The immediate past governor of Oyo state , Sen. Abiola Ajimobi will never lobby for any position.
The media aide to the former governor, Mr. Bolaji Tunji, stated this on Thursday while responding to the growing opposition against Ajimobi’s nomination as the All Progressive Congress(APC) National Deputy Chairman (South) by the party’s leaders in Osogbo.
Tunji said:”The Ajimobi that I know will never lobby for any position.”
According to him, the appointment is coming because the party at the highest level believes he has something to offer the party, the South West and the nation, that led to his nomination.
The former governor, he said has distinguished himself as a technocrat, whose distinguished career took him to the highest level of his professional career in an international organisation.
“He has also distinguished himself as a noteworthy politician who was governor of Oyo State on two consecutive, unprecedented terms. And as Governor, the people of Oyo State are agreed that his records of achievements are unassailable and also unprecedented. Infact, he is dubbed the father of modern Oyo State. So if his party finds him worthy of that position so be it. As a Statesman and the Deputy chairman (South) of his party, APC, he has no quarrel with anyone.
“People are bound to raise one concern or the other, but we should always disagree to agree. However, we should always set the records straight on matters like this. The position of Deputy National Chairman ( South) is a party position zoned to the South made up of the South-west, South East and the South South. The South then gave the slot to the Southwest. At the time, all the South West States were under the control of the APC except Ekiti state, hence the party elders and caucus gave it to Ekiti at the time in order to strengthen the party and ensure that the State had a coordinator and presence at the party’s highest level of decision making.
“Recall, that a similar thing happened in the North, the position of Secretary was zoned to the North East and Yobe State had the slot, fortuitously the Secretary of the party emerged the Governor of the State. If we go by Ekiti State’ s argument one would then say the replacement should come from Ekiti, but the party elders in their wisdom still retained it in the North East but micro-zoned it to Borno state instead of Yobe state but still in the North East zone.
“In any case, Ekiti has a right to agitate to retain the seat, we should however see ourselves as a broom that achieves when it is together. We are all one,” he stated.