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Ajimobi ‘34 Persons fighting to replace me,’ Governor says

Ajimobi said although he had served as a senator, he might consider a return to the National Assembly in 2019.

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The Oyo state governor, Abiola Ajimobi, says 34 persons have indicated interest to contest for the governorship seat of the state in 2018.

Speaking on Monday, May 29, 2017, Ajimobi noted that only five persons have the potentials to take over from him.

“About 34 people want to become the next governor of the state but not all are qualified to be there,” Ajimobi said.

“We have been able to raise the standard of governance in the state. I want a leader who has the courage to take decisions to succeed me. Oyo State needs an intellectual who is not afraid to take decisions. That is the kind of person I am looking for. I have seen about five people with such potential already. It is too early to start discussing this but by May 2018, I will know my successor,” the governor added.

Ajimobi said although he had served as a senator before, he might consider a return to the National Assembly in 2019.

“I might consider legislative duties next. I have been there before (as a senator) but it depends on some things I am looking at,” he added.

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He maintained that the state’s debt profile currently stood at around N4.8bn instead of the N150bn being rumoured.

“Oyo State is one of the most prudent states in Nigeria in terms of finance. It is false that our debt profile has reached N150bn. Those who are saying this should come up with documents to back their claim. As I speak, this state owes only two months’ salaries to civil servants. This morning (Monday), I have approved the March 2017 salary to be paid.

“To clear the backlog, we were paying two months’ salaries every month. I am happy that the deputy governor (Moses Alake), who just returned from Abuja, informed me that the Federal Government had approved another economic support for us. Sixty per cent of such money will be paid to workers, in addition to the 100 per cent allocation that we use to pay their salaries,” the governor said.

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