Dr Olusola Ayandele, an Ibarapa-born business man,  has declared interest to govern  Oyo State on the platform of  the All Progressives Congress(APC) .

He declared his interest on Thursday at the APC secretariat in Ibadan.

Ayandele, a Director at Integrated Energy Distribution and Marketing Limited,  was received by APC executives in the state led by the Secretary, Mr Mojeed Olaoya.

The carnival-like declaration also featured  a visit to the Olubadan of Ibadan, Oba Saliu Adetunji,  in his palace and Mrs  Tola Oyediran, the eldest daughter of  late Chief Obafemi Awolowo at the  Ibadan residence of the late sage.

Ayandele listed poverty alleviation, free education and  free healthcare as some of the programmes he would  implement if elected.

“Some of the programmes  we want to do include  poverty alleviation, free education up to secondary school level as well as free healthcare to the vulnerable, children and infants.

“We will focus on agriculture which will be the basis for our industrialisation.

“ We will encourage regional integration as well as encourage our civil service to drive all government initiatives,” he said.

The governorship aspirant also pledged to ensure that civil servants in the state receive their salaries on the  25th  of every month  if elected.

Ayandele stated that the security network built by Gov. Abiola Ajimobi would be deepened and strengthened.

He commended the governor for laying a  solid foundation for  good governance, promising to build upon it.

The aspirant also  commended the party leaders, assuring them that he would adhere strictly to the manifesto of the APC.

Ayandele   expressed optimism that the ongoing reconciliation in the party would be fruitful, adding that  there was no other party  the aggrieved persons  could find fulfilment as true  progressives.

“The teeth and tongue will fight but they will not leave the mouth. The true progressive will find their way back.

“We will appeal to them and things will be fine. There has been a lot of efforts and people are discussing,” he said.

Olaoya,  in his response, assured the aspirant  that the party would ensure a  level playing ground for  all.

“Ayandele is a known and loyal party man. He is exercising his right as party member,” he said.

Among those who accompanied Ayandele to the party secretariat were Chief Ademola Ojo, a former ALGON Chairman in Oyo State,  and other party supporters.

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