An appeal has been made to Governor ‘Seyi Makinde of Oyo State to endorse Senator Kola Balogun to represent Oyo South Senatorial District in the National Assembly for a second term.
Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ibadan North-West Local Government Area, Alhaji Lukman Adesina, made the appeal in a letter he addressed to the governor.
The PDP LG chairman said the appeal became expedient, following the meeting of all stakeholders in Oyo South Senatorial District, held on Monday, with the governor and unfolding events with regards to the choice of the candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2023 general election.
He urged Governor Makinde to consider Senator Kola Balogun ahead any other aspirant from the senatorial district on the ground of his loyalty, both to the governor and also his administration since since May 2019.
According to Alhaji Adesina, Senator Balogun should be allowed to go for a second and last term, with an assurance that the ticket for Oyo South Senatorial District will be automatic for the other aspirant from the party.
“My appeal in this regard is premised on Senator Lekan Balogun’s loyalty to Your Excellency and administration since 2019.
“While acknowledging your probable dilemma in the choice of the two leading candidates, my honest opinion is that it is better to allow the incumbent do a second and last term with a firm guarantee that the ticket will be automatic for the other aspirant,” he said.
The PDP LG chairman also said allowing Senator Balogun to go for a second term will be a fitting honour for his elder brother, Oba (Dr) Lekan Ishola Balogun-Aliiwo, Ali Okunmade II, who was recently installed as the 42nd Olubadan of Ibadanland.
“Finally, but more importantly, Your Excellency, allowing Senator Kola Balogun a second term will be a fitting way of honouring the newly-installed Olubadan whose fatherly support and loyalty we cannot discountenance,” the local government chairman wrote.