GOVERNOR Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State’s 69th birthday holding later this year has been adopted as an opportunity by the umbrella body for all indigenous socio-cultural societies and clubs of Ibadan extraction at home and in the diaspora, the Central Council of Ibadan Indigenes (CCII), to celebrate the governor in a manner that has never been done for any governor before.
According to the organisation, a foundation that will institutionalise the political and historical strength of Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, from when it was founded to date, has been lined up for the forthcoming 69th birthday of the governor, Senator Ajimobi.
This was disclosed by the President of CCII, Chief Yemi Soladoye, during a ‘thank you visit’ to Ajimobi by the executive members of the council and affiliate Oluyole Social Elite in his office, stressing that the council lined up the activities in recognition of the governor’s achievements.
The proposed Ajimobi Foundation for Advanced Democracy (AFAD), the CCII said, would also inspire and serve as incubation ground for youths aspiring for political offices, adding, “the establishment of the foundation is important to avert the crisis that might confront future leaders in piloting the affairs of the state for greater development.
“Besides the foundation, there would be an award ceremony and the council is equally planning to publish a book, ‘Koseleri’, to further celebrate the governor on his birthday”, he said.
The CCII decided to honour the governor, in appreciation of his unprecedented achievements so far, despite what he called daunting opposition from those averse to change and reforms, noting that the projects, policies and activities of the Ajimobi-led administration have changed the face of Ibadan, as well as the entire state.
“To the governor, we say thank you for the agricultural revolution, the industrial revolution, secondary school reforms, cheap mass transit buses, youths empowerment programme , the Technical University, modernization of our markets and abattoirs and improved environment, with the Agodi Gardens as an example.
“Furthermore, we say thank you very much indeed for the Ibadan circular road, the Ibadan Masterplan, the Ibadan intra-city roads, your significant supports to the CCII since 2012, your initiation of a befitting Olubadan palace, security of lives and properties in Ibadanland, the world-class crowning ceremony for our Olubadan in 2016 among other many landmark achievements of your tenure .
“The CCII is putting up a three-phase comprehensive programme to celebrate your birthday on December 16, 2018, with a state-wide award ceremony that will attract about 10,000 people and which will witness the publication of a book, titled ‘Koseleri’. We will also establish the Ajimobi Foundation for Advanced Democracy (AFAD)”, the CCII boss declared.
In his response, the governor expressed appreciation to the CCII for acknowledging the strides of his administration, saying, “you have mentioned many areas where we have done well in governance. I assure you that there is a succession plan that will ensure that we sustain the gale of development and growth in our infrastructure, commerce, education, manpower development and youth employment.
“The array of governorship aspirants in APC today is rare in any other political party in Oyo State. They are all well-read, intelligent, groomed in the world of business and ready to serve God and the people of Oyo State. God will choose for us among them”, Sen. Ajimobi added.