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Oyo State Governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, said he is confident that the ruling APC would retain power in the state as he would handover the rein of governance to a competent, God-fearing man in person of Adebayo Adelabu, the gubernatorial candidate.

This was part of Governor Ajimobi’s address at the 2018 Maulid Nabiyy (celebration of the birth of Holy Prophet Muhammad, SAW), held at the Remembrance Arcade, Government House, Agodi, Ibadan, on Tuesday.

“God had seen him through good and bad times and had always granted his heart desires,” the governor said.

He said not minding the desperation of the major opposition parties to unseat the APC, he was confident that the ruling APC would retain power in the state, as well as at the federal level in 2019.

Ajimobi said, “I cannot thank God enough for helping me and my administration this far. I have no doubts that it has been through the mercy of God that we have recorded our modest unprecedented achievements.

“Breaking the second term jinx was through the mercy of God and the strong backing and support of the stakeholders, including traditional rulers. If you trust in God like I do, nobody can intimidate or threaten your position.

“Before the APC governorship primary I prayed fervently that a God-fearing candidate should emerge and He has given us one. I can confidently say that we have endorsed him (Chief Adebayo Adelabu) and he will win by the grace of God.

“I’m happy to inform the whole people of Oyo State that our state will be left in the hands of a competent man of conscience; a man that also loves peace and above all, a religious man.”

Speaking on the essence of the celebration, the governor urged the people to imbibe the spirit of peaceful co-existence and to be their brother’s keepers, irrespective of their religious affiliation to emulate the Holy Prophet.

As the campaign for the 2019 general election gets underway, he admonished politicians to shun hate speech and violent tendencies, and to always remember that it was only in an atmosphere of peace and tranquility that the country could progress.

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