A leading governorship aspirant of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Oyo State, Dr. Olusola Ayandele, has called on party faithful and stakeholders, particularly those eligible to participate as delegates in the party’s governorship primary slated for Saturday, to consider merit above all other things, in choosing the party’s flagbearer for next year’s general election.
The Central Working Committee of the APC had announced September 29, 2018 as the date for the conduct of primaries for the emergence of candidates who would fly the party’s flag in about 31 states of the federation.
In a statement issued and made available to journalists in Ibadan by the director-general of his campaign organization, Hon. Ademola Ojo, Dr. Ayandele urged the leadership of the APC in Oyo State to walk the talk and guarantee a level playing ground for all the governorship aspirants.
It reads: “There is no denying the fact that all eyes are on Oyo APC to present a worthy successor to Sen. Ajimobi who has done so much to put the state on the global map of developed societies. Going by the array of credible contestants which the ruling parades at the moment, it is important to note that merit consideration is key in order to pick the best from the pack.
“Within a short period of time, an Olusola Ayandele, who was popular for recording many giant strides in both the private and public sectors of the global economy, took the political space by a storm and was able to showcase rare determination, passion and willingness to serve the people with a lot of promise in the areas of pragmatic and compassionate leadership.
“We painstakingly took the message of hope to the door steps of all stakeholders regardless of the distance and logistics involved. This enabled party faithful including members, elders and leaders to have a firsthand knowledge of our programmes, ideas and commitment. In addition, we went further to meet with traditional rulers, religious leaders, interest groups as well as the people of the grassroots who all gave their support.
“Meanwhile, the onus now lies in the hands of delegates for the party primary on Saturday to erase any doubt about the appropriateness of the choice of Dr. Olusola Ayandele as the undisputed standard bearer of the Oyo APC in the 2019 governorship election. Eligible party executive committee members at all levels, statutory delegates and elected political office holders including chairmen and councillors have a date with history.
“An Ayandele ticket would not only guarantee the party (APC) an easy win at the governorship poll in 2019 but it would also facilitate a total victory for all other candidates to be presented by the party. All the geopolitical zones in the Pacesetters State would be provided with equal sense of belonging while all the key sectors would get the right attention to ensure that Oyo State completed its journey to full greatness in no time as envisioned by the incumbent governor, Sen. Abiola Ajimobi.”