….Obanikoro now weights his options over Lagos West Senatorial contest
It’s official! Senator Olamilekan Adeola popularly called Yayi may have backed down from running for the governorship of Ogun State for which he has put all his might and caused sensation across the South-western state in the last two years.
The Senator representing Lagos West in the Upper Legislative Chamber in Abuja had been rooting to run for the 2019 governorship race, by moving to contest from Yewa division of Ogun which many including Governor Ibikunle Amosun had primed to produce governor next year.
But Yayi was said to have been told by the All Progressives Congress (APC) leadership in Lagos to back down and forget about running for governorship for now.
In compensation, he has been endorsed to retain his Ogun West seat in the Senate.
Although the Senator has been badly pained by the decision that he should back down from the guber race, he has no choice but to heed the directive coming from high quarters in the state.
Yayi’s entry into the Ogun guber had ruffled not a few feathers in the state. Governor Amosun is reported to have vowed that even though he did not know the person that would succeed him, he knew those that would not. He specifically said he would never hand over to Yayi.
It is not clear why Senator Yayi was asked to step down from the race, what is clear is that decision has nothing to do with Governor Amosun’s recalcitrant posture.
Already, leaders of Lagos West are planning to openly endorse Yayi for 2019 as they did for Governor Akinwunmi Ambode.
WESTERN POST can, however, report that the decision to give Yayi the go-ahead for another shot at the Senate is in itself causing ripples not only in Lagos West Senatorial District, the largest in the state, but also across the state.
This is because many of the party’s chieftains have been positioning themselves to take over from Yayi. Among these are former Minister of State for Defence, Chief Ademola Seriki, and his friend and another former Minister of State for Defence and ex-gubernatorial contender in the state, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro.
Obanikoro recently threw his hat into the ring after he re-united with the APC National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu’s political family.
The minister left the then Action Congress (AC) and defected to the Peoples Democratic Party to contest for the 2007 gubernatorial election in Lagos against Mr. Babatunde Raji Fashola, which he lost.
Influential Obanikoro popularly called Koro Ibo is now weighing his options after he learnt that Yayi has been endorsed for another term in the Senate.
Outgoing Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun State had earlier been linked with the Lagos West Senatorial race, but the endorsement of Yayi for another run means the governor could not run as both of them are from the same political family.