ACN Senator opposes Ajimobi’s second term bid in Oyo

The lawmaker also distanced himself from the position of some elders of ACN to make the governor leader of the party in Oyo.

A member of the Nigerian Senate, Olufemi Lanlehin, has described the endorsement of the incumbent Governor of Oyo State, Abiola Ajimobi, for a second term as a distraction to his government.

Mr. Lanlehin, who represents Oyo South Senatorial district in the National Assembly, said he was opposed to Mr. Ajimobi’s endorsement by some leaders of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) because it risked shutting out some equally qualified individuals within the party from the race.

Mr. Lanlehin was speaking with newsmen in Ibadan on Tuesday after registering his name in the ongoing membership registration exercise of the party across the nation.

The lawmaker, a member of the ACN, also distanced himself from the position of some elders to make the governor the leader of the party in the state.

“They are merely deceiving him and it’s a ploy to distract his attention. We are pleased with the performance of the governor. He should not allow himself to be distracted.

“Again, it is wrong to endorse anybody where everybody is qualified to contest for the same position. Give everybody a level playing ground to contest the position of his choice. After contesting, if God says it is the governor that will be presented, no problem,” he said.

Mr. Lanlehin, who was among the contestants for the ACN governorship ticket for the 2011 election, said it is too early to start talking about second term when the governor has just spent two years of his tenure.

“I am totally opposed to the call. Leave him and let him continue with governance and let Chief Michael Koleoso be the leader of the party,” he said.

Insisting that his opposition to endorsing the governor for second term and state leader of the party does not signal factionalisation of the party, Mr. Lanlehin advised Mr. Ajimobi to disregard the call.

The senator said the country would be better off with the proposed merger of four political parties including the ACN to form the All Progressives Congress.

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