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Oyo North Senatorial District: I Never Agreed on Any Consensus – Senator Babalola

Oyo North Senatorial District: I Never Agreed on Any Consensus – Senator Babalola

Senator Gbenga Babalola of the People’s Democratic Party has disclosed over the weekend that he was not a party to the consensus agreement that ceded the senatorial ticket to the three local government of Ogbomoso zone of the Oyo North Senatorial District.

The former Senator who stated this in a release he signed on Tuesday, said the Oke-Ogun people that represented ten local government areas in the State would no more settle for the post of deputy governor in the build-up to the 2023 elections.

“I never agreed on any Concensus candidature with anybody. What you see and may be hearing in the news today about the Oyo North Senatorial Districts PDP contest for which I obtained the relevant forms to contest is part of the Shenanigans that the Current Leadership of the PDP represents.

“While it is true that I attended a meeting in the house of Mr Governor yesterday at the instance of a call received at about 6:45 pm from the C.of Staff to the Governor about a meeting which I was supposed to attend. I decided to heed to the call of the Governor and attended the said meeting which I was not preview to and has no agenda.

”Immediately I got there I discovered that it was an ambush, I then decided to play along. By the time the meeting commenced I discovered that it was an attempt to sell their pre conceived candidate to us. I never waisted any time to let the Governor know that *The Great OKEOGUN* people are not ready to trade the position of Deputy Governor with that of Senatorial District. I asked the Governor if there is no Senator in his district despite being the Governor. I also emphasized to him and those at the meeting that Ogbomosho only has 3LG, while OKEOGUN has 10 LGs within the district and that the position is being occupied by an Ogbomosho man since the last 8yrs till date.

“This, I said is not acceptable to the average OKEOGUN man. I also raised the issue of the Chief of Staff considered as the most powerful position in any Government. He is a proud son of Ogbomosho.

”I forwarded this point of view because the Governor said he was opened to accepting superior argument. At a point Baba Saka Balogun agreed with me and reminded the Governor that Ogbomosho did not asked that they must be given the Senatorial slot.“

He used the medium to call on the people of Oke-Ogun to be steadfast in the support for their own candidates in the build-up to the coming elections and give their support to him.

“I am thereby using this medium to appeal to our numerous lovers and that of PDP across the District that *Senator Gbenga Babalola* remains the only authentic candidate for the post of Senator under PDP in 2023.

“My candidature is strengthened by your numerous defiant calls that 3 can not be worshipping 10,” he said.