2023: Olubadan designate has no preferred candidate….Family


Soji Ajibola

A member of Aliwo family of Ibadanland and and the representing Oyo South, Senator Kola Balogun, has urged the people to disregard an online media report on the endorsement of Chief Adebayo Adelabu of the All Progressives Congress as the preferred candidate of the Olubadan designate, Senator Lekan Balogun.

Senator Balogun, in a statement by his media aide, Dapo Falade described the report as figment of writer’s imagination.

He maintained that at no point in time did Olubadan designate addressed Chief Adelabu as an incoming governor.

Senator Balogun who spoke on behalf of the family of the Olubadan designate during the visit of the APC Presidential aspirant Chief Bola Ahmed Tinubu on Sunday said no reference was made to Chief Adelabu as the incoming governor of Oyo state.

The lawmaker described the report as handwork of mischief makers and a calculated attempt to discredit the Olubadan designate.

Balogun said: “It is true that a presidential aspirant of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Senator Bola Tinubu, led a team on courtesy visit to the new Olubadan of Ibadanland, Senator Lekan Balogun, last Sunday.

“However, it is a total falsehood that the Olubadan-elect endorsed one of the governorship aspirants of the APC in Oyo State, Chief Adebayo Adelabu, as his candidate for the 2023 elections.

“The falsehood being reported on the social media in that regard is a figment of the imagination of those I can say are well entrenched in the art and act of lying.

“In the first place, Oba Lekan Balogun did not speak during the visit. I spoke on his behalf when Senator Tinubu led his team on the visit to kabiyesi.

“During the visit, there was nowhere I or kabiyesi mentioned Adelabu or spoke of his endorsement as the preferred candidate of Oba Lekan Balogun for the 2023 governorship election in Oyo State.

“I am a senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, elected on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). Not only that; I am also strong member of the party. How then can I speak on the endorsement of a candidate for the opposition party?,” he said.

Senator Balogun also said he was surprised that those behind the report could allude to the sitting governor in the state, Engineer ‘Seyi Makinde, as an Ilesa man who cannot be the governor of Oyo State again.

“Again, such an insinuation is not only ludicrous, but also another lie which cannot be defended anywhere. Governor ‘Seyi Makinde is not only a governor, but he is also a performing governor of the PDP, a party in which I am a very strong member.

“Governor Makinde is just like a son to the new Olubadan of Ibadanland. He has access to kabiyesi, up to his bedroom and this a fact that can be verified by anybody who is genuinely interested in knowing the truth about the relationship between the governor and kabiyesi.

“More so, Oba Lekan Balogun is an experienced politician and an academic of repute. He knows the implication of such a false narrative and he can never soil his hands with such a falsehood,”


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