In what appears to be sibling rivalry, two children of highly revered traditional ruler in Oyo State, the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi III, have secured the tickets of their respective parties to contest the Oyo federal constituency seat in the 2019 election.
The princes were both eyeing Afijio/Oyo East/ Oyo West federal constituency seat of Federal House of Representatives. Prince Akeem, popularly known as Skimeh, who is a serving member of the National Assembly, is being challenged by his brother, Adebayo Adeyemi, also known as D-Gov.
While Akeem is the candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), his brother, D-Gov, will fly the flag of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in 2019 for the same seat.
Both have been politically active for more than a decade. While Akeem became chairman of Atiba Local Government in 2007, when he was barely 31, his brother was the secretary of Oyo West Local Government in 2003, when he was 26. They were born on December 8 and 9, 1977 respectively.
Meanwhile, the duo of Hon Saheed Fijabi and Hon Segun Dokun Odebunmi have won return tickets to the National Assembly for third term. Odebunmi, representing Ogo Oluwa /Surulere was adopted as a consensus candidate, while Hon Saheed Fijabi defeated his close rival, Rotimi Ajanaku, in a keenly contested primary held at Adamasingba in Ibadan. He scored 299 votes while Ajanaku pulled 279 votes.
The duo, who were chairmen of committees at the National Assembly, were among the federal lawmakers that stood by Ajimobi during the party congress in which most lawmakers left the governor for another party. Three other aspirants including a serving local government chairman also challenged Odebunmi’s position but his vibrancy and achievements at the National Assembly paved way for him as other aspirants were asked to stand down for him.
The lawmaker had won his first and second term tickets under the platform of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) before joining APC in 2017. In his acceptance speech after the affirmation held at Ajaawa, Hon Odebunmi thanked Senator Abiola Ajimobi and the leadership of the All Progressives Congress for considering him worthy for the ticket. He said the ticket and subsequent victory at the poll would afford him the opportunity to continue to give adequate representation at the National Assembly as well as empowering the constituents.
Odebunmi, while reiterating his commitment to the progress and victory of APC in 2019, expressed optimism that the party would record landslide victory in many states in 2019.