Osun 2018: I’m not Aregbesola’s anointed candidate, CoS insists

The Chief of Staff to Osun State Governor and gubernatorial aspirant in the State on the platform of ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Gboyega Oyetola has insisted that he is not an anointed candidate of the governor of the State, Rauf Aregbesola, as being rumoured in various quarters.

Oyetola, who dismissed the insinuations while fielding questions from journalists after submitting his nomination forms and expression of interests at the APC National Secretariat in Abuja on Wednesday wondered why he would be campaigning if he had truly been anointed as being speculated.

Aregbesola’s CoS, who also spoke on the raging zoning controversy, said it was not in the All Progressives Congress (APC) constitution.

“Because I’m involved, I don’t want to talk much on that. But zoning is actually not in APC constitution. I’m a loyal member of APC. On being anointed, I wonder why people do a lot of insinuations. With my 30 years’ experience in private sector and eight years in public service, I’m eminently qualified to govern the state.

“An anointed candidate will just sit in the room. But I’m working very hard to sell myself and my brand. Our campaigns are unparalleled as you see excitement on faces of people in the west, east and central senatorial districts,” he said.

He noted that as Chief of Staff to the governor, he was involved in policy formulation and the execution of programmes.

Oyetola said that he was ready to sustain the legacies of the current government in the areas of infrastructural development, agriculture, and education among others by building on the established programmes.

“I believe I’m still the best in terms of experience because Chief of Staff is like the engine room. I’m a better administrator by any standard. The governor has been successful.

“There is no way the governor will do well without the Chief of Staff. If you talk of continuity, Oyetola is the answer,” he said when told that the Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Lasun Yusuf said that he remained the best person for the job.

He, however, promised to involve people in projects sourcing and implementation.

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