By Adeola Oladele, Ibadan
An assurance has been given to the people of Oyo State that there would be a smooth transition from the present administration to another on May 29, 2019, just as it was said that Governor Abiola Ajimobi would set a pace in choosing his successor like Asiwaju Bola Tinubu did in Lagos State when he chose Raji Fasola as his successor.
The lawmaker representing Iseyin, Itesiwaju, Kajola and Iwajowa in the House of Representatives, Hon. Abiodun Olasupo, disclosed this on Thursday, during an interview with newsmen in Ibadan.
He said: “Ajimobi will choose a successor that will complement his achievements especially in the area of continuation of developmental projects and policies that have changed the face of the state for better.”
The lawmaker praised the brilliance and tenacity of Governor Ajimobi in setting out to achieve his developmental tripod of restoration, transformation and repositioning at the inception of his administration in 2011 which led to the feats achieved during the governor’s first term and by consequence, earned him a second term.
“My take is that Governor Ajimobi worked for that second term because when he started what we call ‘the revolution’ in Oyo State, we never realised he would turn Ibadan from an urban jungle that he met to a respected city we have today.
“I was surprised when some Ibadan people did not vote for the governor’s second term during the last general election. It is a sign of being an ingrate. He turned Ibadan into a respected city. I was there. I had a lot of things doing there. I am a Quantity Surveyor and I have been practicing for close to twenty years.
“When he started all those projects, I said men! Can he finish all those things? But when he started closing them up, then I knew the man must have something nobody ever had in the history of Oyo State.”
He added: “It is a sign of brilliance and when you see somebody that is brilliant, people will tell him he is arrogant. He is a brilliant leader and a go-getter. At a point, Lagos was choked up and Boko Haram was at its peak of notoriety, people were leaving Lagos for Ibadan and what did we have then? Dirty roads, bad network of roads, but he came and put all the major roads in shape and the dirt vamoosed.
“I met with the Governor at Abuja one day and I said Your Excellency, my fear is not how you are going to end your administration because it is obvious, even to the blind that you are an achiever, but where you are taking us after 2019.”
The lawmaker said the governor responded, quoting Ajimobi that: “I assure you that where we are going after 2019 is where Asiwaju Bola Tinubu took Lagos to in 2003. You can see the difference of sixteen years in Lagos since then. We are talking of stability, solid foundation, development, master-plan that have been put down and were built upon by successive administrations after him. That is what will happen in Oyo State by the grace of God.”
By Adeola Oladele, Ibadan