Renowned journalist, former local government council chairman and former Chief Press Secretary (CPS) to the late Alhaji Lam Adesina as governor of Oyo State, Alhaji Kehinde isiaka Olaosebikan wason Tuesday formally adopted by the Oluyole chapter of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) as its candidate for the office of governor in 2019.
The member representing Oluyole Constituency in the State House of Assembly, Abiodun Muideen Wahab Ademolu moved the motion for the adoption of Olaosebikan at the weekly general meeting of the party held at Community Primary School, Olomi.
It was seconded by the chairman of the Local Government, Prince Ayodeji Abass Aleshinloye and unanimously endorsed by the members of the party in the local government amidst pomp and ceremony when the party chairman, Alhaji Waheed Akinleye put the question to the house.
Olaosebikan has thus become the first gubernatorial aspirant to be unanimously endorsed and adopted by his local government chapter of the party.
Speaking while moving the motion, Honourable Ademolu disclosed that his findings after wide consultations on Alhaji Olaosebikan showed clearly that the former local government chairman was affectionately loved by not just only the politicians, but by all the segments of the society including the youths, local government workers and traditional rulers.
While urging the people of the local government to rally round Olaosebikan, Wahab said that he was very optimistic that the adopted candidate would win the APC ticket and emerge victorious at the polls.
Prince Aleshinleye who described Olaosebikan as his long standing friend said the local government was fully behind the aspiration of the former CPS and that he would rally his fellow chairmen to see that Oluyole produces the next governor of the state in the person of Alhaji Olaosebikan.
The leader of the party in the local government who is also the State Deputy Chairman, Honorable Lekan Adeyemo also spoke glowingly of Alhaji Olaosebikan maintaining that the adoption by the local government was the first step towards victory for Olaosebikan and Oluyole Local Government.
Honourable Adeyemo told the optimistic gathering that with Olaosebikan as the governor of the state, a better future is assured for all and sundry as he posited: “He is a good man, Godly, very competent, bold, caring, energetic and with profound understanding of governance and politics of Oyo State and nationally”.
In his response, the adopted candidate, Alhaji Olaosebikan thanked the leaders and members of the party in the local government for the uncommon show of love to him and pledged to do everything possible to see that he emerges as the next Governor of the state.
‘’ This is grassroots, participatory democracy at its best. I am very glad that I am emerging as the candidate of our party through the grassroots. I made my intention known to the party in my ward and as a very responsible ward; the aspiration was brought to the local government.
“Today, my local government in its right unprecedented decision has just adopted me. What can I say than to thank all the leaders and members for this rare show of uncommon love and appreciation of my personality. With this adoption, we have commenced the victory ride and together, I know success is certain”