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OYO STATE GUBER RACE, WHO HOLDS THE ACE?
The Oyo Rescue Team 2015 would want the PDP in Oyo State particularly our leaders to avoid the 2011 mistakes that led to our defeat at the poll. The PDP is the party to beat in the state, more so with the below average performance of the APC administration. The only way we can, however, benefit from the APC ineptitude is to field an acceptable candidate that would not create credibility problem for the party. The five prominent candidates evaluated by your paper, the WESTERN POST, namely former Governor Alao Akala, Senator Teslim Folarin, Hon. Kehinde Olaosebikan, Engr. Seyi Makinde and Engr. Femi Babalola Jogor. Our former governor would be better if he is in position of godfather who emerges and the best place for him presently is the Senate. More so for PDP success in the coming election an Ibadan man must be fielded. Coming to the other three contestants who are Ibadan Indigenes, the candidature of Senator Teslim Folarin would throw up more controversy and the party may be faced with having to defend some of his undoings and settling disputes with party leaders he deliberately played out of office with his anti-party activities and support for rival APC. On the part of Engr. Seyi Makinde, he should be made to explain his source of wealth and how we all shall be sure the state wealth will not be siphoned in an attempt to recoup his money when he eventually gets to power. More so, he has never held any political office to justify his attempt at the number one office in the State. The candidate of Hon. Alhaji Kehinde Olaosebikan, all sentiments put apart, has some allure for us for the state. He is a grassroots man, vibrant and he is strong with the party leaders also. He is a young, vibrant, dynamic and eloquent personality who only needs the support of all leaders to get to the promise land. He has never been involved in any anti-party activities and he stood firmly with the party at the time of need particularly during the 2011 governorship election of former Governor Adebayo Ala-Akala that he single handedly delivered his ward 9 in Oluyole Local Government to the PDP and to Governor Alao-Akala. Please go back to record and find out who among those jostling for the party’s ticket delivered his ward to the party in 2011 not even Senator Teslim Folarin, a Senator of the Federal Republic. PDP, this time round let us go for a candidate that would not jeopardize our chances at the election. A word is enough for the wise!
*Babalola Afobaje 08078638383
Coordinator Rescue Team 2015.