Oyo SSG, Olalekan Alli, Joins Guber Race

As the 2019 general election gathers momentum in Oyo State the Secretary to the State Governor, Alhaji Olalekan Alli has declared his interest in the governorship seat in the state with a promise to build on the legacies of the current administration if elected.

Alli who is vying for the number one seat on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), was received by the state executives of the party in a carnival-like ceremony held at the Oke-Ado State Secretariat of the party.

Alli’s entry into the guber race brings to about 50 the number of aspirants gunning for the Agodi Government House in 2019.

Insinuations and political calculations among political associates in the the ruling party in the state revealed that Alli is most likely to emerge as the party’s candidate as he has the backing of the incumbent Governor.

The sudden declaration of the SSG, it was learnt, was backed up by Governor Abiola Ajimobi, who was said to have thrown his weight behind the ambition for the coveted ticket to become the next governor of the state.

The Governor, according to the reliable source, was said to have prodded Alli into the race as he has done with a couple of other aspirants including Mr. Adebayo Adelabu, the grandson of late Adegoke Adelabu ‘Penkelemesi,’ who recently resigned as the deputy governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to contest for the governorship on APC platform.

A source close to the Oyo SSG said “Alli is politically capable to succeed Ajimobi and fits into the permutation of the governor.

In his address, Alhaji Olalekan Alli said he joined the race after due and diligent consultations with party leaders, elders, his principal, Governor Ajimobi, other stakeholders and his immediate family.

The state’s scribe hinted that in the history of the state, the vision of a 25-year organic development master-plan was unprecedented, adding that to lock the history requires institutionalising the execution of the the master-plan rooted upon transparency, commitment and professionalism.

The SSG disclosed that 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.

“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 formally declare my interest in the governorship position of Oyo State on the platform of our great party, APC, in 2019, in order to continue the next phase of our socio-economic master-plan.

“My humble knowledge and modest participation in the rebuilding effort of the present government, under our leader, have ignited my interest in this continuity for progress scheme, I required for further advancement of Oyo State.

“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 laid 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,” he assured.

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