Zoning won’t work in Oyo in 2019, says senator Abdulfatai Buhari

The senator representing Oyo North in the National Assembly, Abdulfatai Buhari, has urged those clamouring for the zoning of the governorship slot ahead of the 2019 election to bury the idea.

The senator from Oke-Ogun said zoning in the state would not work in the present circumstance.

He said the current structure in Oyo State did not support zoning.

Addressing reporters in Ibadan, the state capital, Buhari, who is the Chairman of Senate Committee on ICT and Cybercrime, said any party insisting on zoning would fail.

The senator said it better to allow the best candidate emerge, regardless of where he or she comes from or which political affiliation he or she aligns with, instead of clamouring for zoning.

He said: “The assessment of individual, based on what they can do for the masses, is the key thing. The masses do not care where you come from; all they want is who will bring to their tables three square meals. Oke Ogun and Ogbomoso have 13 local government areas. That is where I represent. You cannot push them aside in the equation of things.

“I will be honest with you: they have great potential. You will be shocked to hear the names of great personalities from the zone. They include a former registrar of the Joint Admission and Matriculations Board (JAMB), Prof Dibu Ojerinde. He is a former Vice Chancellor of the University of Abuja (UNIABUJA) and he is from Ogbooro. Prof Adeniyi is from Oke Ogun. One of the most brilliant lawyers we have in the country today, Ahmed Raji (SAN), is from Oke Ogun. So, there are great people like them.

“Let’s be honest with each other: they’ve got the fair share of brilliance and they are intelligent people. If today you see somebody from that area who has the potential and intellect like the people I have mentioned, who is interested to be governor, they will compete favourably with anybody from other zone.”

Buhari said zoning would not work in Oyo State, adding that any politician clamouring for it was deceiving the people.

The senator said Oyo is a unique state where people play serious politics without emotion and sympathy.He said: “Again, if you look at the state of things in Oyo State, Ibadan has done it, Ogbomoso has also done it. And we have five zones. It is only Ibarapa, Oyo and Oke Ogun that are yet to produce a governor. “

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