Incidentally, Governor Ibikunle Amosun has thrown his weight behind the emergence of Ogun West aspirant at different fora.
Ashiru was picked at an Ijebu Ode meeting, to fly the flag of the party in 2019 by the Ijebu/Remo Governorship Agenda Elders Forum to battle for the party’s ticket with other aspirants from other zones at the primary.
He defeated Prince Segun Adesegun, former Deputy Governor; Senator Gbenga Kaka, former Senator who represented Ogun East at the 7th Assembly, and Senator Olorunmbe Momora, former Speaker of Lagos State House of Assembly, who were screened by Chief Olu Okuboyejo-led four-man committee.
Other aspirants were Olumuyiwa Oladipo, the Commissioner for Culture and Tourism; Abayomi Ogunowo; Dr. T Kazeem, Owodunni Opeyemi and Jimi Lawal.
Dr. Gbolade Osinowo, disclosed that Ashiru scored 89 points to defeat other aspirants in the exercise whom he described as transparent.
While Momora scored 88.25 points, Kaka scored 80.25 points, Oladipo 87.5, Adesegun 54 points, Kazeem 58.5 points, Lawal 77 points, Owodunni 42 points and Ogunowo polled 82 points.
Osinowo explained that the exercise was put together to avoid multiplicity of candidates that would scuttle the chance of producing an Ijebuman as governor in 2019.
He described members of the panel as seasoned administrators and incorruptible.
Osinowo said, “This is only the first step. There are still many steps to victory and we are going to take those steps. We will leave no stone unturned to ensure that this candidate wins the heart, the minds of everybody in Ogun State.
“After this, we are going to launch a massive campaign. We are to going to go round the state to ensure our candidate carries the day for 2019.”
Responding, Ashiru, a strong member of Amosun’s cabinet, described his emergence as victory for all and promised not to betray the confidence reposed in him.
The commissioner added that he would ensure continuation of the mission to rebuild the state, and “turn Ogun to Dubai of this World.”
Elias Folorunsho, the state Vice Chairman of APC, presented Ashiru to party stakeholders shortly after he was declared winner.