The All Progressives Congress APC Deputy National Youth Leader, Afeez Bolaji Repete has debunked the claims that Oyo state Governor Ajimobi has adopted Hon Femi Gbajabiamila as the candidate for the 9th Assembly speaker.
He said the promoter of the story, Hon Akeem Adeyemi quoted Senator Abiola Ajimobi out of context as he only advised that they should toe the party line without mentioning any particular name.
Senator Abiola Ajimobi had on Monday met with some of the APC Rep members elect at his Oluyole residence in Ibadan, 3 out of the 9 elected lawmakers were not at the meeting.
Hon Akeem Adeyemi who represents Atiba/Afijio,/oyo East/Oyo West Federal constituency at the National Assembly is the South West Cordinator of Hon Femi Gbajabiamila for Speaker.
Repete who is also the Special Assistant to Governot Ajimobi on Youth and Sport in a statement said as the leader and father of the party in the state Governor Ajimobi always put the interest of the state first in whatever he does.
He said further that ” In as much as the National Leadership of the party is yet to zone the position of the speakership to any zone in the country, we are very optimistic that if eventually it is zoned to the southwest, Oyo State will never be pushed aside as we have two qualified persons vying for the position of speakership from the state.
“Nothing is wrong if Hon. Akeem Adeyemi being the southwest coordinator of Hon. Gbajabiamila declared his support for him but he should not drag the name of our leader into his personal ambition , he has the constitutional power to do so but he has no power to speak and address the press on behalf of our leader.
We shall not trade our right and struggle for just a chairman
Of an house committee, we are resolute and nothing shall discourage us while encouraging Hon. Odebunmi Segun representing OgoOluwa Surulere and Hon. Jide Olatunbosun representing Saki East,West and Atisbo not to be discourage by the antics and tactics of the few.
“As we await the official declaration from the governor as regards the issue of speakership, I urge all our honourable- elect to stand and defend Oyo agenda,” Repete counselled.