Oyo by-election: APC, LP, AP select candidates

Three political parties, All Progressives Congress (APC), Accord Party (AP) and Labour Party (LP) will participate in Saturday’s by-election for the vacant seat of member representing Oorelope constituency in the Oyo State House of Assembly.

The seat became vacant following the killing of Honourable Gideon Aremu, on July 1.

This was confirmed by Administrative Secretary, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Oyo State, Mr Ebenezer Fakorede, at the close of submission of nominations, on Monday.

Contestants that emerged at the end of parties’ primaries and processes are Mr Gbadamosi Jimoh (APC), Mr Olabisi Oladayo (Accord) and Balogun Lukman (Labour).

Fakorede affirmed that the parties had fulfilled the criteria to participate in the election, adding that INEC had put necessary logistics in place for the successful conduct of the election.

Also, the state governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, on Tuesday, led a campaign rally in Igboho for the APC candidate in the election, Mr Jimoh Gbadamosi.

While noting that the culprits in the killing of their representative, Honourable Gideon Aremu, were being brought to book, he assured the people of his government’s commitment to ensuring peace and security in the state.

Presenting Gbadamosi to the people, Ajimobi said that the immediate past Registrar of the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Professor Dibu Ojerinde, had become a member of the APC.

Present at the rally were Deputy Governor, Mr Moses Adeyemo; wife of the state governor, Mrs Florence Ajimobi; Chief of Staff, Dr Gbade Ojo; Chairman, Oyo APC, Mr Akin Oke; members of the state House of Assembly, Honourable Wumi Oladeji and Olusegun Olaleye; Caretaker Chairman, Oorelope Local Government Area, Mr Samuel Okunlade and other members of the state executive council.

At a stakeholders’ meeting held on Tuesday, in Igboho, political parties, security agencies, civil society organisations, non governmental organisations, expressed commitment to ensuring a free, fair and violence-free election.

Speaking, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Sanusi Buba, said that several patrol teams had been deployed to patrol identified flash points in the local government area.