Adebayo Adelabu, former deputy governor of the Central Bank of Nigerian (CBN), has declared his intention to contest the Oyo governorship election in 2019 on the platform of All Progressives Congress (APC).
He made the declaration on Wednesday at the APC secretariat in Ibadan after paying a visit to his family compound and APC stalwarts in his local government.
Adelabu is the grandson of late Adegoke ‘Penkelemesi’ Adelabu, Nigeria’s first minister of social services and natural resources.
“It is my belief that talents, knowledge, training and experience are nothing if these are not put into achievements and the direction of human progress,” he said.
The governorship aspirant said he was committed to building on the achievements of governor Abiola Ajimobi.
He said: “Ajimobi’s era has re-awakened a renaissance and rebirth. It is essential for subsequent leaders to build upon the solid foundations already laid to avoid putting such efforts in vain.
“It is on this ground that I present myself today to be of service to humanity through my desire to contest for the highest political office in Oyo state.”
He unveiled his agenda termed, ‘The Next Level’, which he said was to build on the successes of the current administration and take the state to greater heights.
Adelabu said his administration would work from a pyramid of development, with much emphasis on the people’s economic prosperity, technology, industrialisation as well as revenue generation.
The governorship aspirant said the pyramid of development would be driven by enablers, noting that many manifestos crumble because their foundations were not deeply rooted in enablers.
Adelabu said the feud between some aggrieved members and the party would soon be resolved.
“The governor and the party are seriously working on reconciling the aggrieved members and hopefully the crisis would be resolved soon,” he said.