Insinuations are rife that Rauf Olaniyan, the Oyo State Deputy Governor, may resign to become the running mate to Teslim Folarin, the Oyo State All Progressives Congress (APC) gubernatorial candidate.
Confirming the development, a source close to the deputy governor who pleaded anonymity revealed that he was sure Rauf Olaniyan is being considered for the position.
“Yeah the whole thing is happening so fast, barely 72 hours after resigning his membership from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and announcing that he is now a member of the opposition All progressive Congress (APC), I can tell you that he’s been pencilled down to be the running mate of Senator Teslim Folarin.
"Consequently, it’s been gathered that the Deputy Governor, Engr Rauf Olaniyan may resign in the coming week.
“He won’t want to be the first deputy governor in the state to be impeached, he may humbly resign and retain his omoluabi status.
“I’m afraid that if he fails to resign by next week he will be impeached.
"Honestly, the process is so easy, PDP have 26 out of the 32 honourable members in the State House of Assembly.
“As we speak I’m aware of the fact that nothing less than 23 signatures have been secured for the process.
"In fact two out of the opposition party APC members are in, making it 25 out of the 32 members.
“The deputy governor has had his plans all mapped out, but the fact that he can’t hold the state honourables to the jugular, he’s a smart man who understands the implications. He will resign to save himself.
“The deputy governor was only delaying plans so he can perfect plans to his new abode.
"I pray he plays the smart move else the story might be brutal to tell," he stated.
Early in the week, the Oyo Deputy Governor, annnounced his retirement from the PDP but maintained that he was still the deputy to Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State.
He also revealed that his relationship with the governor was smooth.