Ayobami Lam-Adesina, who is the eldest son of a former Governor of Oyo State, Alhaji Lamidi Adesina, has said he will run for governor of the state on the platform of the All Progressives Congress.
Ayobami told our correspondent during an interview that his late father, who was a leader of the Alliance for Democracy, was responsible for the structure of the APC in the state and denied that the party structure was designed around Governor Abiola Ajimobi.
He said, “I am going to vie for the governorship position in Oyo State as the APC candidate. I will continue from where leaders like Chief Obafemi Awolowo, Bola Ige and my father, who are all late, stopped. I will push for the implementation of true progressive policies. Free education, free health services, rural development, creation of employment and social services are some of the policies of the progressives.
“Constitutionally, I am qualified and I have the experience to succeed as a governor. There is the provision for primaries in the party so I don’t think there will be any problem with my coming out to contest.
“I know the history of the progressives in the state. The structure of the present APC in the state started with the structure put in place by the Alliance for Democracy. My father, the late Bola Ige, Michael Koleoso and other notable politicians nurtured the party to maturity.”
Ayobami, whose father contributed to Ajimobi’s victory in 2011, described the Peoples Democratic Party as a party that had mismanaged the resources of the country.
Ayobami’s governorship ambition and the expected division it may cause could weaken the chances of the APC retaining the governorship seat next year following the defection of its only two senators in the state, Senator Ayo Adeseun and Senator Olufemi Lanlehin to the PDP and the Accord Party respectively.