As the 2019 Primaries to choose candidates by political parties to field for the 2019 general elections draw nearer, another major crisis is set to once again polarise the already factionalized ruling All Progressives Congress in Oyo state.
Investigations by Vanguard reveals that as at the last count, not fewer than 35 top politicians in the state are jostling to succeed the outgoing Governor of the state Sen. Abiola Ajimobi who was elected in 2011 and has less than a year to end his 8 year tenure after being elected to rule the state for a second term in 2015.
Sources within the camp of the aspirants revealed to Vanguard that a coalition of APC gubernatorial aspirants has been formed and is set to confront the Governor over series of actions which they termed detrimental to the realisation of the ambition of most of the aspirants who have all reached an amicable resolution to resist any attempt by the Governor to rail road them into dumping their ambition for whatever reason.
According to the source who is also one of the aggrieved aspirants, the attitude of the Governor is quite unbecoming of an elderstatesman who should be seen as an arbiter of equity and fair play.
“The Governor cannot impose on us like he did during the Local Government elections and at the party congresses. We are aware of series of meetings he has been holding with his allies and cronies and we are determined to thwart his efforts. Here is a man who has less than 10 months to the end of his tenure of office and is without a proper succession plan”.
Vanguard exclusively gathered that the Coalition will in a couple of days come up with its official position on the way and manner the processes towards the forthcoming party primaries is being handled by the Governor which centres primarily on allowing a free and fair contest among all aspirants.
It will be recalled that Vanguard had exclusively reported recently that Governor Ajimobi who just returned to the country after about two weeks has been meeting with various interest groups including a former Governor in the state, a move which might not be unconnected with the current agitations of aspirants who feel they might be schemed out in the power play currently being plotted.