Senator Abiola Ajimobi, the immediate past governor of Oyo state, has declared that his focus is on retrieving his senatorial mandate in the court as against pursuing ministerial appointment.
Media reports on Wednesday, July 17, had alleged that Ajimobi rejected a ministerial appointment offered him by the President Muhammadu Buhari.
According to The Nation, the former Governor stressed that serving at the Senate is his personal preference.
Ajimobi made the clarifications on Thursday, July 18, in a telephone chat with the newspaper where he said the appointment should go to a younger member of the party.
He only expressed his personal choice for the Senate, stressing it was the reason he was committed to the petition his party filed against Senator Kola Balogun, who was declared the winner of the Oyo south senatorial district election by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
“I am in court for my senatorial election. I only expressed my preference that I am in court because I prefer the Senate. How can I be pursuing the Senate and ministerial appointment at the same time? I prefer the Senate.
“I hold President Muhammadu Buhari in high esteem. I will actually prefer a younger person to be considered for the ministerial slot since I am pursuing my senatorial ambition.”
He said those behind the misleading report wanted to cause disaffection between him and President Buhari whom he has a lot of respect for.
“I don’t know the source of their report. They just want to set me against Mr President and it won’t work,” Ajimobi said.