The hopes of the people of Oke Ogun area of Oyo State to have a shot at the Agodi Government House come 2019 was yesterday dashed by Oyo State governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, saying each aspirant must be accepted by the electorate across the state to succeed him.
The governor while speaking at a meeting with the governorship aspirants of the party in Ibadan said there is no zoning arrangement or power shift in the All Progressives Congress (APC) constitution.
Ajimobi declared that a power shift or zoning arrangement was not on the party’s table, as such could mar the party’s chances.
Though, the governor stressed how important it was for a candidate to possess financial ability and capability, he warned them against thinking that money alone would do it.
According to him, anyone who depended solely on money would be disappointed, adding that the party was free to adopt any of the three modes; consensus, direct or indirect.
He, however ruled out consensus because of the crisis and bad blood it might generate, considering the number of aspirants.
The governor said direct primaries was also not feasible because of the shortness of time as well as the logistics and financial implications.
According to him, the most feasible mode was the Indirect primary election, expressing hope that the aspirants were aware of the financial implication of the campaigns ahead of them especially after emerging at the primaries.
He stressed the fact that the aspirant or candidate will be responsible for a greater share of the finance required for his or her campaign activities.
The governor who acknowledged the quality of a lot of the candidates advised them to consider critically, if they were truly prepared for what the office entailed.