A former Deputy-Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria, Adebayo Adelabu, has emerged as the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Oyo state for the 2019 governorship election.

But his victory at the APC governorship primary election on Sunday did not come without a good dose of drama.

After former Oyo governor, Adebayo Alao-Akala quit the primaries on Saturday we knew it was going to be a lot of drama on Sunday.

Akala accused Governor Abiola Ajimobi of giving undue advantage to one of the aspirants, Joseph Tegbe.

But when the event kicked off around 4PM on Sunday at the Lekan Salami Stadium, Adamasingba, Ibadan, Tegbe was among the four aspirants who withdrew from the race.

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Earlier Sunday morning, Azeez Adeduntan had also quit before the primary even started.

Tegbe’s withdrawal came immediately after the chairman of the governorship primary election committee, Demola Seriki called all the aspirants together and spoke to them ahead of kickoff.

He immediately declared his support for Adebayo Adelabu whom many have suspected has always been Ajimobi’s preferred candidate.

Olusola Ayandele soon followed suit and it was down to Adebayo Adelabu and Niyi Akintola who refused to step down.

However, in a journalist’s chat with a member of the Tegbe team, we realized that Tegbe’s decision had been hatched earlier in a meeting which held overnight at the Government House, Ibadan.

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But as the election began, the legal icon, Niyi Akintola also announced his withdrawal from the race.

Meanwhile, Minister of Communication, Adebayo Shittu, who was disqualified from the race has described Adelabu's emergence as an exercise in futility, insisting that through the court, he would still get the mandate to fly the party's flag.

Just like Alao-Akala, he also accused the state governor, Abiola Ajimobi as the brain behind the many problems the party may be falling into.

Will Oyo people vote a troubled APC into power in 2019? Will Adelabu’s pedigree as the son of iconic Ibadan pre-independence politician, Adegoke Adelabu be enough for APC to win? 

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