Governorship aspirants of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Osun West Senatorial District have given the party condition to remain in the party.
A governorship aspirant under the APC in the state, Dr. Peter Babalola, disclosed the agreement of the aspirants on Wednesday at the party’s Secretariat in Osogbo, when he declared his intention to contest the September 22 Governorship election.
Babalola who was a former Chief of Staff to Governor Olagunsoye Oyinlola, warned the party against picking a candidate outside the West Senatorial District of the state.
He said the party’s candidate must also be a Christian because the state has been ruled by three Muslims while only one Christian could be mentioned.
Babalola who is the Chairman, Local Government Service Commission in the state, hinted that all aspirants from the West have met and agreed not to leave the party if the APC could give them the ticket.
He said the aspirants have also agreed to support whoever emerged party’s candidate, maintaining that he is the best candidate with wide experience.
He boasted that his name is on top of the list in terms of experience, saying “Isiaka Adeleke was a Muslim, Chief Bisi Akande is a Muslim, the present Governor, Rauf Aregbesola is a Muslim, only Olagunsoye oyinlola is the Christian among the former Governors.
“As a Commissioner for Agriculture under the military, Chief of Staff and now Chairman of Local Government Service Commission, I have the influence and relationship with leaders in all aspects. Some have not finished school when I was commissioner.
“Central Senatorial District has used 11 and half years, the East will complete their 8 years this year, West has only used some months. If you don’t choose Peter Babalola, choose whoever you like in the West.
“All aspirants in the West have met with our leaders and we have agreed not to leave the party. We have signed agreement to support whoever the party choose among us.
He commended Governor Rauf Aregbesola for the infrastructure and development he brought to the state, promising to continue the developmental work.
“I am wholeheartedly committed to continue the Six Point Integral Action Plan of Governor Aregbesola. I will sustain his legacy and bring progress to the work.
Speaking, the Chairman of all Chairmen in the state, Mr. Rufus Awotidoye, said there is no going back on the agenda of West to be the candidate of the party.
The state Chairman of the party, Prince Gboyega Famoodun, promised that the party would be fair to all the aspirants.