The All Progressives Congress (APC)and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have respectively produced governorship candidates in the separate congresses held in Ibadan, the state capital.
While the APC congress, held at the Lekan Salami Stadium, Ibadan, produced a former Central Bank of Nigeria Deputy Governor, Adebayo Adelabu, PDP primary held at the Obafemi Awolowo Stadium produced a businessman, Seyi Makinde.
Adelabu emerged after other contestants stepped down for his candidacy but Makinde beat other aspirants to clinch the party ticket for the 2019 governorship election.
At the APC primary, the likes of Joseph Tegbe, who was largely rumoured as Governor Abiola Ajimobi’s anointed candidate as well as other aspirants willingly stepped down from the race.
A Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Adeniyi Akintola, who earlier resisted and insisted on a full primary equally announced his withdrawal from the race as the exercise commenced.
Adelabu is the grandson of the Ibadan notable politician, Adegoke Adelabu, popularly known as Penkelemesi.
Makinde wins PDP ticket
At the PDP primaries, Makinde beat his closest rival, Senator Ayo Adeseun from Ogbomoso.
Adeosun had left the venue of the primary, claiming that delegates’ list had been tampered with.
Speaking after he emerged as the winner, Makinde said, following the victory, there remained a lot of work for the party ahead of the general elections.
“We know the daunting and challenging work ahead of all of us when, by His Grace, we win the governorship election on March 2, 2019.”
“Victory is sweet because, with all sense of humility, I know that we are capable of walking the talk.
We have the ability to solve the myriads of challenges that daily confront our people, particularly the vulnerable citizens whose numbers, as I speak, have continued to increase in frightening proportions, especially in the past seven and a half years.
The plight of these vulnerable citizens will be addressed by our administration. Good governance is putting people at the centre of development.” he said.
From Adeyinka Aremu