Candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Oloye Bayo Adelabu has called on residents of the state to carry out a thorough examination of the major candidates contesting against him, revealing that he is the only governorship candidate who has not have to move from one party to the other.
This is just as Adelabu, grandson of late Alhaji Adegoke Adelabu and immediate past deputy governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, boasted that he is not full of misgivings and grievances and has no issues plaguing his candidacy or personality.
This, political pundits, described as a veiled reference to major candidates like Sen. Olufemi Lanlehin, Engr. Seyi Makinde, Otunba Adebayo Alao-Akala and Barr Sharafadeen Alli, who have had to move from one party to the other.
The 48-year accounting graduate of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, spoke during a meeting with oil and gas stakeholders in the state held at Premier Hotel, Ibadan, yesterday.
He declared that he stands out among his other contestants, baring his antecedents, work experience, academic background, risk-taking abilities, family background and true desire to better the lot of the people of the state.
He also revealed that his leaving the lucrative position of deputy governor of CBN to join politics, was evidence of his desire to serve the people and develop the state rather than amass money or acquire wealth.
Explaining that added he is the only candidate who offers a breath of fresh air desired by people of the state, he averred that the administration of Governor Abiola Ajimobi has recorded “unprecedented transformations” in the history of the state.
Adelabu said his agenda, if elected, would be to consolidate on security, industrial transformation through agriculture, housing, education and health.
The event saw the Adelabu’s gubernatorial bid get the nod of oil and gas stakeholders in the state such as the Petrol Tanker Drivers, PTD, and Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria, IPMAN, as well as Jericho Businessmen club.
National chairman of Petroleum Tanker Drivers (PTD) unit of NUPENG, Otunba Salmon Akanni Oladiti said oil and gas stakeholders resolved to support Adelabu in recognition of the need for continuity of the good developments recorded by the Ajimobi led administration for over seven and a half years.
Upon his emergence as governor, Oladiti especially urged Adelabu to be a serving leader with masses-oriented programmes and not an overbearing leader.
He advised Adelabu to make Agriculture the base of his development plans.
However, Oladiti urged Adelabu to see to the federal government revitalizing and optimizing the Ikere Gorge Dam project.
Also speaking, Chairman, IPMAN, Ibadan, Mr Rasaq Taiwo, particularly urged Adelabu to ensure that oil marketers are allowed to make their input in the formulation of policies affecting them.
Taiwo noted that such involvement will ensure better compliance by oil and gas stakeholders