Last minutes efforts and attempts by the former Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice of Oyo State, Adebayo Ojo, Mr Jide Alao and a renowned worldwide consultant(name witheld) to save the governorship ambition of the Parakoyi of Ibadanland failed woefully on Saturday night in the North London home of the Gov of Oyo State.
Governor Abiola Ajimobi cited with the some examples like “Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and Babatubde Fashola, Donald Duke and Liyel Imoke, Peter Obi and Willie Obiano, Nnamani and Sullivan Chime, Asiwaju Tinubu and Kayode Fayemi, Kwankwaso and Ganduje and Uzor Kalu and Orji.”
Political Stew gathered that the Governor Ajimobi told the triumvirate arbitrators that though nobody can fault the lofty academic qualifications of Bayo, his splendid career track record and massive financial war chest, but his loyalty is “questionable and totally lacking” that it would be risky for him to allow a “too independent-minded person like Bayo to succeed him” our source said.
Senator Ajimobi made it clear at the meeting that he does not need any favour at all either in form of having a stake in appointments or financial patronage but that all he desire is to have a “loyal successor” who will not only carry on with all his programmes, policies and projects to achieving the Oyo State of his dream but which will be better in terms of infrastructural developments than Lagos by 2027. Importantly, he said he desires a successor who will execute all those ideas with courage and convictions.
Governor Ajimobi went on to say he needs a God-fearing successor like Abdul-Fatah Ahmed, the governor of Kwara State, who according to him is the most “loyal governor in this country under this political dispensation”.
According to Ajimobi, while Bayo Adelabu has met just two of his stated criteria for his prospective successor which are; superb educational qualifications and sound professional track record, local and international exposures and courage, Ajimobi said Bayo however, failed woefully in the other two criteria which according to him are; “Godliness and loyalty”
To the Gov the failed criteria are however, the most important as both carry 50% of the total marks while the other 4 criteria jointly weigh 50%.
In the end he told the three die-hard supporters of Bayo Adelabu that in the order of preference and score-cards based on the above criteria, his anointed candidate who will be announced soonest shall be from the following aspirants:
1. Dr. Soji Eniade 85%
2. Dr. Joseph Tegbe 80%
3.Isaac Omodewu 79%
4. Adeniyi Akintola SAN 75%
5. Mr. Lekan Alli 72%
6. Dr. Adeduntan 70%
7. Dr. Moronkola Thomas 59%
8.Bayo Adelabu 42%
The meeting came to an abrupt end with Bayo Adelabu and his three loyalists leaving the governor’s home looking dejected.
Our source said it was at “this point that Mr. Adebayo Ojo broke down and wept openly while Bayo Adelabu tried to summon courage but with little drop of tears as emotions betrayed him. He stood up and thanked the governor and his three loyalists. He then told the Governor that he resigned from CBN to contest for the post of the Governor of Oyo State; that he is not desperate as his former office in CBN is worth more in terms of value than the governments of Oyo, Osun, Ogun, Ondo and Ekiti states combined together. That he only resigned in order to take Oyo State to a greater height by rendering selfless services to his people and that he is poised and determined to do that and that he would emerge as the governor of Oyo State with or without the support and endorsement of the incumbent governor Ajimobi