Emerging report revealed that Abiola Ajimobi, the outgoing Governor of Oyo State, can no longer attend Governorship campaign events of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in the State
Ajimobi lost his Oyo South Senatorial District bid, to Dr. Kola Balogun of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, who polled 105,720 votes, to defeat Ajimobi’s 92,579 votes.
Meanwhile the other two Senatorial slots were won by the APC.
To worsen matters, of the five Federal Constituencies in Ajimobi’s Oyo South, the APC won only one, while the PDP has already won three, and is set to claim the fourth one, when the election is concluded this weekend.
APC’s woeful outing in Ajimobi’s expected stronghold, has prompted protests from party Leaders, with Bola Tinubu, the National Leader of the APC, now personally overseeing the campaigns, in a desperate bid to prevent a potential surrendering of the Governorship seat to the PDP.
Tinubu has also banned Ajimobi from showing up at the APC Governorship campaign meetings, involving Bayo Adelabu, the party’s Candidate.
“The belief of Tinubu and other APC Leaders, is that it is Ajimobi that the people are angry with, not APC; therefore, he should stay away from campaign activities”, an APC source very familiar with the development revealed.
“The fear is that Ajimobi’s appearance at Adelabu’s campaign rallies, will be damaging for the party. In fact, there is a jingle of the party begging the people, explaining that Ajimobi, not the party, is the fall guy. Since the Presidential and National Assembly elections, Adelabu has been campaigning on his own, without the Governor’s involvement.”
In the said jingle, the APC “begged” all indigenes of the State, in the name of God, and in the names of prominent Yoruba sons, such as Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, former Governor, Bisi Akande, and Tinubu. The party also mentioned President Muhammadu Buhari and Adams Oshiomhole as begging the people, and specifically censured Ajimobi for his pride in disrespecting the Olubadan of Ibadan, among many other offences.