The Oyo State chapter of the All Progressives Congress, APC, has said only eight aspirants have shown interest in next year’s governorship race.
Over 15 APC aspirants are currently jostling to succeed Governor Abiola Ajimobi.
The Nation gathered that only eight of the aspirants had visited the party’s secretariat in Ibadan, the state capital, to express their intention to contest the election.
Those who have informed the party include Deputy Governor Moses Alake-Adeyemo; legal icon, Chief Niyi Akintola (SAN); former Commissioner for Works, Dr Yunus Akintunde; Communication Minister Adebayo Shittu; Senator Fatai Buhari; Aderemi Olaniyan; Dr Kola Balogun and Mr Akeem Agbaje.
The party officials said the other aspirants were merely exercising their rights to contest election.
According to them, APC is not yet aware of their ambition to contest the governorship race.
Other aspirants are: former Governor Adebayo Alao-Akala; Commissioner for Lands, Housing and Survey, Mr Ajiboye Omodewu; his Health counterpart, Dr Azeez Adeduntan; Prof. Adeolu Akande; Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Bayo Adelabu and Senator Adesoji Akanbi.
While many of the aspirants hail from Ibadan and Oke-Ogun areas of the state, Alao-Akala and Buhari hail from Ogbomoso. Only Dr Akintunde hails from Oyo.
The party is currently preparing for a local government election on May 12.