Oyo 2019: Ajimobi Plots Succession Plan
Ajimobi Plots Succession Plan
BY SOLA SADIQ —
Like most governors currently serving their second term in office, Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State is also working on his succession plan, sources in the ruling All Progressives Congress in the state have revealed.
Unconfirmed report say the governor may have succumbed to pressure from the cream of business, political, traditional and religious elite in Ibadan, his hometown to hand over to another Ibadan indigene when his tenure runs out in 2019.
And the man believed to have received the endorsement of the governor and Ibadan power brokers is Mr. Adebayo Adekola Adedibu, 47, the Deputy Governor (Corporate Services) of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).
A First Class graduate of Accounting from the Obafemi Awoliwo University, Ile Ife, Adelabu is the direct grandson of late Chief Adegoke Adelabu, a flamboyant and grassroot politician in Ibadan in the 50’s. Until his appointment as CBN deputy governor, the younger Adelabu served as an Executive Director at First Bank.
But this planned move by Governor Ajimobi is said not to be going down well with some APC stakeholders outside of Ibadanland, led by the Minister of Communication, Adebayo Shittu. The minister is alleged to be eyeing the governorship seat, an ambition the incumbent governor is aware of, but not comfortable with. Shittu, it would be recalled was in 2011, a guber candidate in the state on the platform of Congress for Progressive Change, CPC.
For sometime now, the governor and the minister have been engaged in a cold war, a development that dates back to Shittu’s appointment into the Federal Executive Council (FEC) in 2015 by President Muhammadu Buhari. The governor was alleged to have preferred another person as the ministerial nominee from Oyo State, a request which was declined by the president.