Oyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi, has denied allegations by some members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state that he wants to impose candidates in the forthcoming elections into Local Government Areas and Local Council Development Areas in the state.
The governor who dispelled fears of the party members while addressing thousands of party faithful at the empowerment programme organized by the senator representing Oyo North District, Fatai Buhari, in Iseyin, assured that the process will be free and fair.
He said: “We won’t impose anyone in the local government election but each local government should work together to produce acceptable candidates for the election. There will be primary, direct or indirect. Just make your choice between the two. But my desire is that you work together to produce acceptable candidates. But I will support your choice.”
Members of the party including loyalists of a former Governor of Oyo State, late Lamidi Adesina had protested against alleged imposition of candidates for the local government polls slated for May 12 this year. The aggrieved party members said that despite heated criticism that trailed earlier attempts by the governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi to hand pick candidates who are members of his group within the party for the council election, they said the governor was still insistent on imposing his cronies as candidates for the polls.
They said, though the governor had said it several times that the party in the state remained indivisible, they found out that over 90 per cent of his appointments so far favoured his group known as Senator Abiola Ajimobi Campaign Organisation (SENACO).
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