The race for the All Progressives Congress (APC) Governorship Ticket has begun in earnest ahead of the 2023 Gubernatorial Election in Oyo State, with some political bigwigs inside the party already making moves to emerge as the party’s Flagbearer.
Prominent among these APC Chieftains are:
1. Chief Adebayo Adelabu
2. Senator Teslim Kolawole Folarin
Folarin, 57, rose to prominence in politics in 2003 when he was elected to the National Assembly to represent the People’s Democratic Party’s Oyo Central Senatorial District (PDP). In 2007, he was re-elected on the same PDP platform and served as Senate Majority Leader from 2007 until 2011. Senator Folarin was the PDP’s gubernatorial candidate in Oyo State in 2015. He is the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Local Content at the moment.
3. Joseph Olasunkanmi Tegbe
Tegbe, 55, was an All Progressives Congress (APC) gubernatorial candidate in the run-up to the 2019 governorship election. The Ibadan-born is the founder of the Tegbe Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping those who are less fortunate. During the administration of the immediate past Governor of Oyo State, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, he served as the state’s economic adviser. Tegbe, a well-known philanthropist, is preparing to run for the APC Governorship ticket again in 2023.
4. Chief Niyi Akintola (SAN)
5. Professor Adeolu Akande
Adeolu Akande, the 56-year-old APC Chieftain, is a former Professor of Comparative Politics and Communications at Edo State’s Igbinedion University. He is currently the Chairman of the Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC), which is part of the Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy. Professor Akande is the distinguished son of Otu in Oyo State’s Itesiwaju Local Government Area. He formerly served as Deputy Chief Press Secretary (CPS) to Former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar (2001-2002), and Chief of Staff to Late Ex-Governor Isiaq Abiola Ajimobi.
6. Senator Olufemi Lanlehin
Lanlehin, 68, is a professional lawyer who rose to prominence in politics in 2011 when he was elected to represent Oyo South Senatorial District under the ACN platform. In 2014, he switched to the Accord Party, and in 2015, he ran for re-election but lost to APC candidate Soji Akanbi (APC). In 2019, the Ibadan-born politician ran for Governor under the African Democratic Congress (ADC) platform, but was defeated by Engineer Seyi Makinde of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). He switched to the All Progressives Congress in September 2020.
Who among these Top Politicians is your preferred choice to emerge as the 2023 APC Governorship Candidate in Oyo State?