2019: Buhari turns to Oyo in move to secure South-west votes

President Buhari and Oyo state governor, Ajimobi. [Photo credit: Channels TV]

Weeks after the Oyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi, and other state officials boycotted a presidential campaign programme launched in his state, the presidency has sent an emissary to the governor

The South-West Zonal Office of the Muhammadu Buhari Osinbajo (MBO) Dynamic Support Group, a campaign organisation for the re-election of the president, was launched in January in Ibadan.

The group is led by the Minister of Communication, Adebayo Shittu, who seeks to take over from Mr. Ajimobi as Oyo governor. Although both men are members of the APC, they are political opponents in the state, thus leading to the state official’s boycott of the event.

Some of the attendees at the launch including ex-Abia governor, Orji Kalu, and ex-Senate President, Ken Nnamani, called on President Muhammadu Buhari and the APC to mediate the Oyo crisis.

Perhaps in response to that call, a team of two APC governors and a national official of the party met behind closed doors with Mr. Ajimobi on Wednesday night.

The governors of Kano and Jigawa states, Umar Ganduje and Badaru Abubakar, along with the Minister of Transport, Rotimi Amaechi, and the National Secretary of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Mala Buni, met with Mr. Ajimobi

The governors and party secretary did not address journalists after the private meeting which was held at the governor’s office late in the evening.

It was, however, gathered that the meeting deliberated on issues affecting the coming general elections and the fate of the president in 2019.

A statement forwarded to PREMIUM TIMES by the Oyo State Commissioner of Information, Toye Arulogun, confirmed that the delegation was an “emissary” from the president.

Mr. Arulogun said they were in Ibadan to deliver the president’s message to Mr. Ajimobi.

Although he did not specify what the message was, he said the visit was important given that Mr. Ajimobi would play a major role in deciding who occupies the “royal seat” at Aso Rock and coupled with the fact that he “is the eye of Jagaban (Bola Tinubu)” in the South-west.

“Therefore, the two northern governors, a South-south Minister and Director General of Buhari/Osinbajo 2019, with the party National Secretary in attendance, delivered message of President Buhari to our governor,” Mr. Arulogun said.

In explaining the relevance of the state to Mr. Buhari’s possible re-election, the commissioner stated that “Oyo State gave the president the largest number of votes in the South-west during the 2015 elections.”

Unlike in previous presidential elections, Mr. Buhari won in most of the six South-west states in 2015.

The commissioner also linked the visit to Mr. Ajimobi’s closeness to Bola Tinubu, a former Lagos governor and APC leader.

“The presidency emissary conveyed the president’s message to the man who has the ear of Asiwaju (Mr. Tinubu). Governor Ajimobi being a loyal party man and leader of the party in the state promised to get back to the team soonest.”

Mr. Tinubu had earlier been appointed by Mr. Buhari to lead a team to resolve the crisis in various chapters of the APC. The ex-Lagos governor played a major role in Mr. Buhari’s election and nominated his former commissioner, Yemi Osinbajo as Mr. Buhari’s running mate in 2015. He has also pledged to support a Buhari/Osinbajo ticket in 2019 if the president finally announces his decision to seek re-election.

The commissioner also stated that the visit was an indication that Mr. Ajimobi plays the big brother role to the other governors in the South-west irrespective of their political affiliation as seen in his mediatory roles in the past.

“His affiliation and good relations with other party leaders and governors across the country can’t be overlooked,” he said.

The commissioner, however, said Mr. Ajimobi is “yet to utter a word on the visit from the presidency’s emissaries.”


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  • Iskacountryman

    if you touch a fula…you would be in trouble…

    • Nwa_Africa

      What is this aboki doing here?

      • Iskacountryman

        just explaining the meaning of the visit to ajimobi…

  • joelaw

    You folks are overestimating the relevance of ’emperor Ajimobi in Oyo politics, the man has lost followers in the state. I think Ajimobi should warn the president against nepotism and the acceptance of a true federation, otherwise 50 Ajimobis can’t convince Oyo people to vote Buhari

    • princegab

      Thanks bro, even a thousand Ajimobi(s) will not save pmb in SW.
      Mr president should forget reelection.
      Ajimobi and his supporters know that Atiku will do a better job.
      Jagaban has no time for fools (Half a word sir).

      • omo56

        And he expects the SW to forget that only Yoruba were arrested at Ile Ife after the fight between Fulani and Yoruba

  • Otile

    The devil is a lair. Buhari is not going to get Oyo State because our Yoruba brothers are not that naive. The Japanese have a saying that – there are two kinds of fọols, those who have not been to Mount Fuji, and those who have been there two times.

    • otitokoro

      Lobatan. O kare o, Otile. Oyo o ni gba gba kugba o. Enough of injury to our collective sensibilities already.

      • Otile

        Ibukun o.

      • Oguntade

        God forbid.

        • Otile

          God forbid what, do you wish millions of Nigerians 4 more years misery? Is there no capable young person capable of breaking this vicious circle, is Nigeria doomed to put up with terrible leader from generation to generation?

          • Oguntade

            God forbid I meant is, no way for buhari in southwest through Oyo state

    • yukkmouff

      “The devil is a lair” – true. But in this case he may be telling the truth. As annoying as this may sound, save for Ekiti state, I think the SW will do as Jagaban orders and vote massively in favour of the herdsman!

      • Otile

        Eledumare ma je.

        • yukkmouff

          Well, lets hope your prayer comes to pass.

          • Otile


        • omo56


      • emmanuel

        Let me tell you a very bitter truth, Jagaban’s political structure has already disintegrated. He has returned to the Lagos garrison commander he used to be, so do not count the SW to ride on his back.
        Yoruba land has re-invented, that is why you can see the Gani Adam of the world rise to stardom. It is the beginning of a new day.
        Fashola left, Banire left, Amosu left, Ajimobi is now a man of his own,several others have also left the camp, Aregbesola is now a failed project and without influence. Then followed with the pains his Buhari has brought upon his people.
        By implication, Tinubu led the Yorubas into a strong snare and lost followership thereafter.
        The SW is now an enclave with different political leaders.

        • omo56

          Tinubu was warned but he thought that he is smarter than Yoruba elders. ti omo de ban ge gi ninu igbo, agbalagba lomo ibi ti oma wosi

    • AryLoyds

      Otile dont let this Fulani plan f00l you , buhari knows he will not win , he is only there to make way for his fellow Fulani brother Atiku to carry on the fulani hegemony

    • Abdulmalik Ibraheem

      Utangirma ala allawubade

  • Denis_NG

    Ajimobi doesn’t even possess the political goodwill to get Ibadan town to vote Buhari, let alone Oyo State.

  • ed

    What’s President Buhari going to run on any way.
    Fulani’s terrorist herdsmen killers massacre.
    Nepotism Tribalism and Corruption on steroids.
    $1.00 to N360.00 Naira.
    NNPC $25 billions fraudulent contract.
    Insecurity all around the nation.
    Can any Nigerian answer yes to the question:
    Are you better off today than you were 3 years ago?

    • Sandra

      Good questions…!!!

    • Ado

      You had said worse than this before 2015 election and it did not change any things, so it is going to be in 2019.

  • Debekeme

    The voting population of the South West (Nigeria): includes Lagos State, Osun State, Oyo State, Ogun State, Ekiti State and Ondo State (13,731,090/19.9%).

    Before Buhari teamed up with Bola Tinubu, hes only been able to won between 18% to 32% of the nationwide voting population (1999-2011).

    Buhari always wins the votes in the North by a wide margin of as much as 2 to 3 Million plus. If there is a strong/acceptable Northern candidate to challenge him and split the Northern votes, and if we diminish the number of votes he expects in the SW we MAY have a chance of getting him out of Aso Rock.

    Im also sure we can count on our SE and SS brothers to do the right thing and vote in the needed direction.

    Despite his popularity in the North and power if incumbency , we MAY just be lucky to get him out of Aso Rock.

    We must save Nigeria from this regime (I cant use the word administration, Buhari runs a regime)

    • duwdu

      This your “if”s sef, LOL. If only wishes were horses…


    • alani babalola

      Buhari till 2023.your calculation is questionable.S.west was with him in 2015 and will still vote for him.Those that are wailing are looters .my brother there is no way for them.You based your calculations on 2+2= 4.ln politics it could be 2000.

      • omo56

        And he expects the SW to forget that only Yoruba were arrested at Ile Ife after the fight between Fulani and Yoruba

    • omo56

      You left out the part where Middle Belt announce a while ago that due to the killings of their people by the fulani, they dont want to be known as part of the north

    • abodes_124

      That is if he wants to depend on actual votes cast to win. to Buhari the only ‘free and fair election’ is the one he wins. I am sure he has already stated that this one will be ‘free and fair’.

  • thisnigeria

    Buhari in Oyo State to campaign for 2019? After he has disappointed Nigerians so badly and his government failed so woefully? Very irritating, nauseating, aggravating and utterly annoying. I just cannot believe this.

    • yukkmouff

      Well, Buhari knows he can count on votes of the SW electorate come 2019.

      • Oguntade

        Is like ur mumu ll last forever if u r thinking so.But I pray sense fall on you,to know “yorubas” have deserted murderer Buhari ,for long

        • FEMI A USA

          He is looking at bleak future on the wall.

          • yukkmouff

            I try not to Femi; But, with these unscrupulous politicians running around, it’s really difficult to be optimistic.

        • yukkmouff

          Haba! Oguntade, no need for insults naw. All I’m saying is that the Herdsman-in-Chief is confident he can count on SW votes as long as he has Osinbajo and jagaban in his pocket, that’s all.

    • FEMI A USA

      Thank you for your rebuttal to the story. So, what would you call it, o, dead on arrival. He has failed woefully.

  • Nkem

    The president cannot send a team to Benue, but he is sending people to go and lobby for him in Oyo State. See how for him election is more important than human lives.

    • omo56

      Shame on those who he sent and to those who received his message for not bringing up Buhari’s silence on the activities of fulani herdsmen around the country

  • Frank Bassey

    Adebayo Shittu, one of the most incompetent ministers, is spear-heading the campaign for re-election of Buhari. The South-West is one zone no one can pin to any factor. Always neither here nor there.

  • FreeNigeria

    It’s truly sad for this 100 years old antique lame azz Buhari to want to continue ruining Nigeria. please Aisha call your husband to the other room

    • Abdulmalik Ibraheem

      Or rather za oza room

  • curseless

    It is amazing how the politicians will suddenly feel that voters actually exist close to election time. The problem however is that the electorate are not fully informed or better to say, that they vote their stomach all the time. The only one can rely on demographically are the youths in this dispensation due their awareness courtesy the social media. This is the only group that can rescue the country from bad governance if they actually mobilize. Getting the incumbent governors involve will not win any election as no one can hoodwink them anymore. Any serious contender must factor them into the equation.

  • Harry

    Major- General Buhari is only concerned about securing votes and not securing lives. What a shame!

  • emmanuel

    “Therefore, the two northern governors, a South-south Minister and Director General of Buhari/Osinbajo 2019, with the party National Secretary in attendance, delivered message of President Buhari to our governor,” Mr. Arulogun said.

    Amaechi is DG of a failed campaign organisation. Shame
    The only achievement of Amaechi as a Minister representing River State having stolen their money to fund Buhari’s last election is having Dakuku Peterside who is supervised by some of Buhari’s young tribesmen within Nimasa as DG. He boasted of Calabar/Lagos Rail line a dream dead on arrival. While he is busy launching other rail projects everywhere. His fake “bush baby” has cannot walk with the only one leg it is said to possess.

    In the case of Oyo, state, it is all about the non-performing MTN fine bribe Shittu trying to be governor. We watch as Ajimobi tackles him.

  • omo56

    I wonder if the issue of Fulani herdsmen in Oyo and other parts of SW came up. Or if they have the balls to bring up the matter


    Once again, he seeks to deceive the SW .

    • sapa

      as you are deceiving yourself

    • kazkaz

      How’s that your problem? Face your Biafra.


        It concerns us because you refused to let Biafra go.

        • kazkaz

          Flimsy excuse as usual.


            You have simply run out of logic, you have no answer but resort to bad talk.

          • kazkaz

            Where’s the bad talk?

  • Zul-karnaini Ibrahim

    Let Buhari go and repair his roof first.
    Crises in APC in kano, Kaduna, KATSINA etc.

  • Zul-karnaini Ibrahim

    Insecurity, fuel scarcity, hungry can not give Buhari vote in 2019

    • Tickle

      I agree with you, but what about what can give him votes like R……..g etc?

  • davids

    PMB will win 2019 surely. God looks at your heart not what people accused you of. That is why with all the abuses rained on Jesus at the cross as a deceiver God raised from death to the throne. In 2001/2012 there was serious crisis in Plateau State which killed more than 5 times the number being reported for Benue, yet nobody said OBJ was aiding herdsmen to kill people in Southern senatorial zone of Plateau State. During GEJ tenure there were killings in Benue and it was not because GEJ aided it now when it happens political jobbers suddenly found avenue to shed crocodile tears and poured out their venom of prejudice in reasoning that PMB aided or is doing nothing. As far as I know of PMB integrity he will outclass the temporary avenue the liars hold.