Peter Babalola, chairman of Osun Local Government Service Commission, has formally declared his intention to contest the September 22, 2018 governorship election in the state.
At his formal declaration held at All Progressives Congress (APC)’s secretariat along Gbongan Osogbo Road, Babalola said he was joining the race to serve the people.
He expressed his desire to offer himself to serve the state for growth and development.
Babalola, who hails from Ikire in Osun West Senatorial District, hinted that all aspirants from the district had signed an agreement not to defect from APC as long as the party picks its candidate from the area.
He said though zoning was not in APC’s constitution, “it has become convention and tradition” that all stakeholders must abide by.
Babalola, who had served as Commissioner and Chief of Staff in the state, noted that he stood out among the aspirants because he was not only a party loyalist but someone with the experience and capability to govern the state.
Lauding Governor Rauf Aregbesola for his outstanding performance, he pledged to keep the governor’s legacy by building on his six-point integral action plan because he shares his vision, conviction, probity and doggedness.
Gboyega Famoodun, chairman of the party, said though he was aware of the agitation for the emergence of the party flag-bearer from Osun West, he could not do contrary to the provisions of the constitution of the party and Nigeria as a whole.
He promised to conduct credible and acceptable primary election, adding that he would be comfortable with whoever emerges.
Famoodun, who admitted the importance of Osun West to the party, said the electorate in the district were known supporters of APC from results of elections conducted in the past.
“Yes I know we are strong in Osun West Senatorial district, but we cannot but allow the constitution of our great party and Nigeria to guide us in whatever decisions we make,” he added.