Oil And Gas Stakeholders Pledges Support For Adelabu
Ahead of the 2019 general elections, major stakeholders in the oil and gas industry in Oyo state have thrown their weight behind the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate in the state, Chief Adebayo Adelabu (Penkelemesi).
As Adelabu disclosed that many people thought he did not know what he was doing when he resigned as the Deputy Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to join governorship contest in Oyo State.
Members of the Oyo state Oil and Gas Stakeholders Association made this known during their meeting with the APC governorship candidate at the Banquet Hall of the Premier Hotel, Mokola, Ibadan, the state capital.
The meeting, which was facilitated by the Jericho Businessmen Club, also had in attendance leaders of the club led by Mogaji Remi Babalola, Mr. Bola Jaiyeola, Mogaji Taiwo Akande, Barrister Bayo Adepoju and Mr. Abiodun Yusuff.
The oil and gas stakeholders across Oyo state were led to the meeting by Otunba Salmon Oladiti, National President of the Petroleum Tanker Drivers (PTD); Elder Kehinde Babalola, Chairman of Ibadan Unit of the PTD; Alhaji Raheem Tayo, Chairman of Ibadan unit of the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN); and Alhaji Taofeek Akinyosoye, Chairman of Ibadan unit of the Independent Marketers Board (IMB).
Speaking at the meeting, Otunba Salmon Oladiti revealed that the oil and gas stakeholders decided to support Adelabu for him to build on the good foundation already laid by incumbent Governor Abiola Ajimobi of the state, saying that the association always support politicians who have the love of masses at heart.
While noting that no governor had performed like Governor Ajimobi in Oyo state since 1999, the PTD National President declared that the state deserves continuity like Lagos state.
According to him, successive administrations in Lagos state have continued to build on the solid foundation laid by former Governor Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
“Governor Ajimobi has laid a good and solid foundation for the socioeconomic and political development of Oyo state. Oyo state deserves continuity like Lagos state. We need a governor who will build on the foundation laid by Ajimobi.
“We should not go back to Egypt, and that is the reason why we have decided to support Adelabu Penkelemesi. We are doing this because of the faith we have in his ability and credibility. He had served in both private and public sectors of the banking industry. He used his position of the Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria to bring development to Oyo state”.
In his own speech, the Oyo APC governorship candidate said that he is not coming into politics to make money, but to touch the lives of the masses of the state, as his late grandfather, Late Adegoke Adelabu, used to do during his lifetime.
Adelabu said: ” If I am after money, I should not have resigned by appointment as the Deputy Governor of CBN. My mission is the renewal of my family’s good name. I have benefitted a lot from my grandfather’s good name. I must also leave a good name for my own children and grandchildren”.
Adelabu maintained further that his love for Ibadan and Oyo state made him to resign as the Deputy Governor of CBN to join the 2019 governorship race in the state on the platform of the ruling APC, promising to remove status discrimination among the citizens if elected.
“People thought that I was mad when I resigned as the Deputy Governor of CBN. My determination to serve my people made me to resign, my love for Oyo state and the masses made me to resign. I love Oyo state, and my intention is to get closer to my people.
“I never spent a weekend in Abuja throughout the period of four years and three months I spent as the Deputy Governor of CBN. There are 52 weekends in a year, and about 208 in four years. I always came to spend my weekends in Ibadan because of the passion that I have for my state “.