Forty-five year Oyo State commissioner for finance, Mr Abimbola Adekanmbi, is under pressure, especially from his teeming supporters, to make his intention to succeed outgoing governor Abiola Ajimobi public.
OYO INSIGHT learnt that Adekanmbi, an indigene of Ibadan, was the first to be reported as one of the men Ajimobi wishes to handover to after the expiration of his tenure on May 29, 2019.
However, Adekanmbi, who is the youngest of the governor’s favourite, seems to be ‘gentle’ with his ambition.
A confidant of the Beyerunka, Ibadan-born accounting graduate of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, who didn’t want name in print, said he is likely going to formalize his intention this month.
Another loyalist of Adekanmbi, who also spoke on the condition of anonymity, reiterated that “he would come out anytime from now. He is only taking his time to consult those who matter. You know he is a gentle person. He wouldn’t want to offend anybody. And that is why he is still consulting.
“He is very close to the governor. In various capacities, he has worked for the governor. He is one of the few persons who have worked with Oga (Ajimobi) since 2011. Apart from knowing the workings of government, he is a trusted ally. He has not been found wanting in any of the assignment given to him. These are apart from the many educational qualificational qualifications he has acquired over the years, especially between 1998 and 2010 when he was overseas,” added the source.
Efforts to get him talk about the governorship aspiration, however, proved abortive as he said: “God is in charge of everything,” after much persuasion.