Samuel Egunjobi, chairman of Iganna local council development area, may be announced as the running mate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, governorship candidate, Bayo Adelabu.
Sources who were at last night’s meeting confided in OYO INSIGHT that the Head of Service, Mrs Hannah Ogunesan, insisted on the Iganna-born politician. She was said to have rallied all the council bosses from the 10 and 8 local government and local council development areas respectively to queue behind him.
Before now, many people had tipped Governor Abiola Ajimobi’s commissioner for land, housing and survey, Mr Ajiboye Omodewu for the job. But he is said to be in the ‘wrong’ book of Ogunesan.
Other people who were tipped for the job included Wale Okediran, Jacob Ogunmola, John Olaleru, and Thomas Olayode.
This was after the name of a former chairman of the state chapter of the Nigeria Union of Teachers, NUT, Mr Sunday Ajibola, a nominee of the commissioner for works, Mr Dauda Wasiu, had been rejected.
Omodewu and Ajibola hail from Otu, headquarters of Itesiwaju local government.
Before Ajimobi left for the United Kingdom, he had asked Azuzu, as Dauda Wasiu is fondly called, to ‘toast’ the Okeogun council chairman to support Ajibola “but they dare not go against Ogunesan’s wish,” a source added.
In the build-up to the APC primaries, Ogunesan, impeccable sources told OYO INSIGHT, had rallied support for Engr Joseph Tegbe only for Ajimobi to opt for Adelabu at the final minutes. “The development jolted her as that was the first battle she lost after becoming the most powerful political element in the state. Remember she selected more than 70 per cent of the current council chairmen.
“Being a Christian herself, she would have go for the number two position. But they know what they did for the current deputy governor. She had shown her opposition to Adelabu openly during the pre-primaries process,” a government house source told this newspaper.
Egunjobi, a member of the Oyo State House of Assembly between 2003 and 2007, was caretaker chairman of Iwajowa local government before the LCDA was created.