Powerful South-West Monarch Rejects Saraki As Senate President For 2019
The Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, has announced that the Governor of Oyo State, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, will be Nigeria’s next Senate President, and not Senator Bukola Saraki, the incumbent.
The Alaafin made this pronouncement at a Stakeholders’ forum, in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, which was attended by the Oyo State Governor, and members of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Recall that, Governor Ajimobi was elected in 2003, as a Senator of the Republic of Nigeria, representing Oyo South Senatorial District.
He later became a State Governor, in 2011.
He is currently contesting for Senatorial position on the platform of the APC.
Speaking further, the Oba added that he is confident that Ajimobi would win, adding that, as a ranking Senator, “his victory could pave the way for him to emerge as the next Senate President”, which he said would be to the advantage of the state.
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The Alaafin said: “I once went to the governor with 30 Royal fathers. The Iba of Kisi (Oba Moshood Lawal), who is here seated, can bear witness to this. I asked the governor to tell me his preferred candidate among the aspirants. But, the governor replied that nobody was good enough to succeed him, except somebody that God had ordained. He said he was still consulting. That only God knows the best person that would promote the interest of Oyo State.
“He tasked us (Royal fathers) to also look for somebody for him. But I declined and told him that we would not be able to do that, since we were not politicians. But, I advised him to consult widely before making his choice public. I told him that if the person will not serve the corporate interest of Oyo State, we will tell you, and if the person is capable, we will equally tell you.
"But after going through this process, if your successor begins to serve narrow interests, he will not spend more than two years, before incurring our wrath.
“We will take such person’s case to God. Then the governor started reeling out names of the aspirants, asking for my opinion about each of them. But, I still declined to assess any of them, and told him that he should be the one to do his homework very well.
" I equally told him to consult the elders and other stakeholders across the land, to guide him before naming anybody. I asked you (Ajimobi) to make your choice and hand him over to us. You did so, and we have accepted him. May you never to be put to shame.”
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