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Oyo SSG Joins Guber Race

As the 2019 general elections comes closer, the ranks of aspirants jostling to succeed Oyo state governor, Abiola Ajimobi got swollen on Friday as the Secretary to the Government of Oyo State, Alhaji Ismael Alli signified his intention to vie for the governorship seat.

According to The Nation, the SSG is to contest the position on the platform of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC.

Alli said he decided to join the governorship race after what he described as “due and diligent consultations” with party leaders, elders, his principal, Governor Abiola Ajimobi, other stakeholders and his immediate family.

In a letter of introduction to convey his intention to the stakeholders, Alli said his years of service jointly with other stakeholders in the Ajimobi administration had prepared him well enough to build on the unprecedented terms of the incumbent governor.

The letter dated August 6th, 2018 reads in parts, “For half a decade, I have served, together with you, under the astute and architect-builder of modern Oyo State, Senator Abiola Ajimobi. Within this period, we have jointly gained tremendous knowledge about critical governance issues and become highly schooled in service-delivery to the citizenry. We have also actualised plans and projects to promote the socio-economic status of our state and our people.

“It is therefore with this sense of responsibility that I humbly convey my aspiration and offer my candidacy for the service of our state as its next governor. This shall be at the expiration of the unprecedented and highly impactful two-term tenure of our distinguished and acclaimed leader.

“Taking off from the foundation load by our mentor, we shall ensure the continuous security, safety, welfare wellbeing and prosperity of the citizenry; as we further the engendering of inclusive growth and development of the state.

“Consequently, I am seeking your support, prayers and partnership to successfully prosecute the project for the benefit of all, God willing.”

Alli, a 61 year old graduate of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, served in various capacities in the private sector before joining the Ajimobi cabinet as the SSG. He hails from Idi-Omo quarters in Oja’ba area of the ancient city of Ibadan.

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