A former Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice in Oyo State who is also a confidant of late former governor Abiola Ajimobi, Mr. Adebayo Mutalubi Ojo has revealed that his late principal preferred Engineer Joseph Tegbe to succeed him but that he had to succumb to wish of his party in the build up to the 2019 governorship election which the All Progressives Congress, APC, eventually lost to the Peoples Democratic Party.
Reacting to insinuations in some quarters that late Abiola Ajimobi did not wholeheartedly support the candidacy of Adebayo Adelabu on BOTTOM LINE, a political programme on IBR 92.5fm Ibadan hosted by Aanuoluwapo Omorinde monitored by Ọ̀YỌ́ M’ÈSÌ Ọ̀RỌ̀, the erudite Lawyer said “it is most uncharitable for anyone to say Ajimobi did not not work for Adelabu”.
Ojo, who described Oyo State and most especially Ibadan as “rumour factory”, recalled the role played by the late former Governor.
In his words “I was actively involved in that campaign and I can tell you Ajimobi did his best. We started the campaign at Egbeda and there, Ajimobi raised Adelabu’s hand up. We were at Oke-Ogun and everywhere too”.
On whether the visit of APC national leader and former governor of Lagos State, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu to Adelabu is a pointer to where the pendulum will swing in 2023, he described it as mere insinuation stressing that he does not react to such.
When asked who he thinks should clinch the APC ticket in 2023, he stated that “2023 is still far. We have eminent and qualified people who seems to have interest. When the time comes, the party will decide”.
He berated the security strategy of Governor Seyi Makinde saying “Oyo indeed miss Ajimobi”. According to him, “Ajimobi transformed Oyo State. He gave the State his best. Throughout his eight years tenure, there was no single bank robbery in Oyo State but what do we have today?”.
Justifying his claim, he said he was a victim of brigandage in Ibadan few days back. “Some hoodlums extorted me in broad day light on Wednesday on my way to the Court”.
On the State of security in Nigeria, he described President Buhari as a faillure.
“Personally, President Muhammadu Buhari has dissappointed me. He is a retired General for crying out loud. He should resign”.