A former Governorship aspirant of the African Democratic Congress, ADC, Engineer Rauf Olaniyan has explained why he dumped his governorship ambition and accepted the offer of becoming Engineer Seyi Makinde’s running mate under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
The retired Permanent Secretary in the state said his decision was based on the quest to serve the people of Oyo especially at this crucial period in the history of Oyo state.
Olaniyan who hails from Igboho, Oorelope local government made this revelation on Tuesday while speaking with journalists in Ibadan, the state capital.
“I joined Engineer Seyi Makinde in PDP because I think together, we can take Oyo state Higher. We are going to turn Oyo state around for good. I joined politics to put things right. I cannot sit down watching things going upside down. I want to use my wealth of experience for the good of Oyo state”. He said.
Olaniyan also made it known that he and Seyi Makinde have sat down and harmonised their programmes to give Oyo the best.
While speaking on the chances of the Peoples Democratic Party in winning the election, Olaniyan said larger percentage of gubernatorial aspirants of the African Democratic Congress, ADC, are now in PDP, which shows how strong the PDP is in the state.
“Larger percentage of gubernatorial aspirants of the African Democratic Congress are in the Peoples Democratic Party now.
“I can tell you that by the special grace of God. PDP will win landslide. People are wiser now. Oyo people don’t want continuity of hunger, they don’t want continuity of suffering. It is only some clique of people that are saying APC will win.”, he said
He also promised that the PDP will ensure that women and youths are well taken care of as he noted that they form a major percentage of the electorate.
“Start from the voting strength, 65% of voters are women. So it is going to be a disservice for you to win an election and neglect the people that voted you in. Women and youths will form a large percentage of empowerment beneficiaries and they will be represented in the cabinet because they are about 90% of the voting population. They won’t be left out”. He said.