By Tosin Omojola
he gubernatorial ambition of Engineer Femi Babalola a.k a. Jogor has received the blessing of the Association of Professionals of Nigeria (APBN) Oyo State chapter who sees his move as a right step in the right direction.
Members of the body led by their chairman, Engineer Gbenga Ilori, expressed this opinion during a parley between them and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) stalwart who is aspiring to hoist the flag of the party in the 2015 Oyo State governorship election.
At the meeting, which took place at the office of the Institute of Chartered Accountant of Nigeria (ICAN), Mokola, Ibadan, the APBN members expressed concern over the non-involvement of professionals in governance in the past, stressing that the decision of Babalola to step forward would change the tide of things in that regard.
The APBN members, who made various comments during the meeting, expressed their readiness to support the ambition of Babalola once he emerged as the PDP’s flag bearer in the forthcoming primaries of the party.
Speaking earlier, the PDP gubernatorial aspirant explained the rationale behind the meeting, saying it was to officially inform the association of which he is a member of his political aspiration since, according to him, charity begins at home.
He said it was logical for him to carry along the APBN as a body and as his base.
Babalola said: ‘’I have come to notice that over the years, professionals do not get mentioned in governance. Having had contacts with many regimes in the past, I have never seen any government talk about professionals, meaning that we are not respected and I always feel ashamed about this.
‘’Although I have been in politics since 1991 as a member of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), I decided to run for an elective post now in order to ensure that professionals get involved in governance, because I believe that 90 percent of government policies are directed towards the private sector and based on this, people from the private sector particularly in Oyo State, going by their experiences should be in government.
‘’I am coming in to make an impact on the society and in government. Based on my past experiences, I believe the essence of government is to solve problems and the solution to all these problems facing our state is within. I am convinced that you need a team of people to work with you to make things work, that is why I am here to meet with you as a body’’.