2019 General Election: I Am Ambitious To Govern But Not Desperate -Former Senate Leader

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Former Senate Leader, Senator Teslim Kolawole Folarin has declared that he is ambitious to govern Oyo State, even the country as a President but not desperate on his ambition.


He made the declaration while fielding questions from Journalists while paying a condolence visit to the Ibadan residence of a third republic Senator and Agbajiakin of Ogbomosoland, Chief Ayantayo Ayandele who died recently. 


The former Senate leader disclosed that he is yet to declare his ambition because the decision of who succeed the present governor under the platform of All Progressives Congress, Senator Abiola Ajimobi rested in the hands of the governor.


According to him, “In 2015, I was in the PDP and we didn’t have a sitting governor then but now in APC, we have a sitting governor who is doing well, he will determine lots of things.


“I am ambitious, I want to be governor, I want to be President if I get the support, at least, I am a Senator, former Senate leader but am not also stupid because I know that it is not possible to be anything without the support of the man who is leaving, that’s why you don’t see me wasting my time.


“I am experience in the game, but governor Ajimobi is the main man, if we don’t have sitting governor, you can scheme and there is no better schemer than me but we have a sitting governor who hold the ace.


“If he (governor Ajimobi) says Teslim Folarin I want you to succeed me, yes sir, if he says Teslim Folarin I want you to return to the Senate, yes sir, if he says Teslim Folarin I want you to stay at home, yes sir, but he has not tell anybody anything”.


The former Senate Leader affirmed that Governor Ajimobi is a major determinant of who succeed him in 2019 under the platform of the APC, thus, not desperate to jump the rule.


Folarin who was accompanied by some of his loyalists in his brief condolence message described the deceased as a man who lived a simple life. 


The ex-Senate leader said he knew the deceased in 2003 before his election to the Senate and since then he has continued to learn many thing from him. 


According to him, “He lived a simple life. I know him in 2003 during my electioneering campaign, he is a very straight forward person, since then he has continued to be a role model. 


“I even said he is not suppose to be a politician, because politicians don’t behave that way. I was surprised about his behaviors that politicians don’t behave the way he behaves. He is straight forward person. May his gentle soul rest in peace. I am of the opinion that he will be at the right side of God. 


Chief Ayandele during his life time, served as Chairman of the then Ogbomoso Local government area in the old Oyo state, also served as a commissioner for Education. 


The deceased according to a burial arrangement in a release made available to Journalists died on Saturday 24th March and would be buried on Friday 13th April at First Baptist Church Ogbomoso. 


The release stated that there will be Scout own farewell on Wednesday 11th April and Lying in State on Thursday at his Ibadan residence followed by commendation of service at Oke Ado Baptist church in Ibadan. This will be followed by Christian wake keep also on Thursday at Ile-Abo in Ogbomoso. 


Chief Ayandele who died at the age of 83 was the Bobasewe of Iloko-Ijesha, Olugbon of Ogere, Ogere-Remo and Bola Jiro of Isara, Isara-Remo. 

Raji Adebayo, Ibadan
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