The South-West Executive Committee member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Thursday adopted Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola as the consensus candidate of the deputy national chairman of the party.
The zonal executive committee members described Oyinlola as the right fit, in a communiqué signed by Paul T. Olakunle, National Ex-Officio, Comrade Seyi Bamidele, South West Zonal Youth Leader, Tunde Adewoyin, South West Zonal Financial Secretary and Sikiru Araoye.
The communique read: “the zonal Executive Committee members who jointly wrote a strongly worded communique on Friday, 15th September 2021 said “unless one is a stranger in Osun and indeed in the South West will he not support Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola for the position.
“The Zonal Executive reiterated the need for everybody’s support for Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola as a necessary and reasonable decision because there is no achievement anybody can point to in Osun State today as a member of PDP without the mention of the name of Governor Olagunsoye Oyinlola.
“The Zonal Executive, however, commended the leadership of the party in the entire Southern Region of the country for counting Osun State worthy of presenting somebody for the position and promised that Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola will handle the precarious situations in the party with utmost diligence and complete sincerity.
“The South West Zonal Executive members therefore appeal to those who were using mushroom adoption of certain persons who just want to enrich their personal pockets from their ignorant financiers to desist and stop polarizing the party for their personal gains and rally round people who are working to ensure that peace reigns supreme in the party and prepare the party for victory ahead of 2022 governorship elections in Anambra, Ekiti and Osun State starting from November, this year.”
Commenting on his adoption, Erelu Olusola Obada, former Deputy Governor of Osun State and former Minister of Defence, said, ” the adoption of Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola by all leaders of thought in Osun State as the sole candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in Osun and the South West for the position of the Deputy National Chairman which was jointly adopted by all leaders of thought in Osun state is a lofty idea that I have no objection to than to give it my full support and endorsement.
“Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola remains our only credible rallying point for all members of the party, not only in Osun but in the entire South West region.”
Also, Alhaji Shuaib Oyedokun, Former Deputy National Chairman, South; Member, BoT; Chairman, Elders’ Caucus, remarked that,
“In the light of the prevalent circumstances and the zoning of the Deputy National Chairmanship of PDP to the South West, I have also lent my credence and support for the adoption of former Governor of Osun State, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola as the only candidate of Osun State and the South West. Prince Oyinlola has also been adopted as the over all leader of the party in Osun State.”
In his own submission, Senator (Dr.) Olu Alabi, first gubernatorial candidate of PDP in Osun State; Former Chairman of FCDA, Abuja, Member of BoT, posited that, “emergence of Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola as the sole candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in Osun State and his adoption by all leaders is a welcome development which I also wholeheartedly agree with.”
“It is also with equivocal that I support him as the overall leader of the party in the state as moved by all the leaders in the state.”
Also, Dr Akin Ogunbiyi, chairman of Mutual Benefits Assurance Plc and Governorship aspirant under the platform of PDP has declared his support for Oyinlola for the position of Deputy National Chairman (South) in the coming convention.
In a release made available by his media aide, Mr Tunji Ajayi the insurance magnate affirm that in Osun PDP today there is no person more suitable for the position than the former Governor taking into consideration his experience. administrative capacity and global network. Dr Ogunbiyi enjoyed all leaders and members of Osun PDP to file behind him.
“When you have Omooba Oyinlola as your DNC working with other national officers the party at the national level is poised to take over governance in 2023.” Dr Akin Ogunbiyi affirms.
Ogunbiyi thanked Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State and other leaders for zoning the position to Osun PDP.
In his own assessment Senator Francis Ade Fadahunsi, member, National Assembly, Senate Chamber, said, ” the decision of all leaders of PDP from all the 30 local government areas of Osun State and the Ife East Area Office, Modakeke to adopt Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola as the consensus candidate of entire Osun PDP members and leaders for the post of the Deputy National Chairman is a welcome development and a right step in the right direction which all lovers of the party in the state must adopt.
“The fact that the entire South West leaders have adopted Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola as the consensus candidate of the region for the Deputy National Chairman of the party makes the adoption of Oyinlola by his state leaders a good and sensible decision.
“The coming on board of Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola as the consensus candidate of the South West leaders of PDP and his adoption by leaders and members of Osun State chapter of the party is a deserved one.
“Prince Oyinlola remains the only elected governor of Osun State from the platform of PDP since the beginning of the current Nigeria’s nascent democracy in 1999 to date. His performances while in government remain our party’s credentials to use for campaigns by anybody who wants to contest under the platform of the party.
“Our leaders’ decision to adopt him as the consensus candidate of our party in Osun for the office of the post of Deputy National Chairman, South, will go a long way in sanitizing the party, not only in the South West but also in the country which I also support with everything that I have without any regret.”
For Hon. Sanya Omirin, former Executive Chairman of Atakunmosa East LG. Former member of Osun State Civil Service Commission,Former member of Revenue Mobilization Allocation and Fiscal Commission, described Prince Oyinlola’s adoption as the sole candidate of the people of Osun State for the position of the Deputy National Chairman by all members of the party and various interest groups which has been in the news and social media platforms as a welcome development which all responsible and lovers of peace must embrace.”
According to him, ” the charisma, pedigree, and past records of Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola as the sole candidate of the party for the DNC, South is the most accurate step ever taken by Osun leadership of the party in recent time of which I’m fully involved. We have rekindled greater hope of uniting the party with his emergence”.
Elder Segun Odekunmi,Secretary of the Elders’ Caucus of Osun PDP, also submitted that, “Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola’s adoption today as consensus candidate by Osun State PDP leaders and members for the position of Deputy National Chairman, South did not come to me as a surprise because of his antecedents.”
Alhaji Fatai Akinade Akinbade,Former SSG of Osun State, further maintained that,”Prince Oyinlola still remains our only elected governor of PDP in Osun State and he has played the fatherly role expected of him.”
“He has been the employer of everybody who calls himself a political office holder under PDP of today in Osun State because everybody is building on the foundation he laid down as a man of high moral repute and enviable conscience.”
“The resolute nature of Prince Oyinlola to ensure that peace remains in Osun PDP is worthy of emulation by all party members and his adoption by the leaders is worthy of emulation and must be supported by all well meaning members of our party for a lasting peace to reign, not only in Osun but in the entire South West region and beyond.
2023 presidency: I am for Atiku not Tinubu, Mr Ibu clarifies
A few days ago, ace comic actor, John Okafor fondly referred to as Mr Ibu by his admirers was reported to have thrown his weight behind the All Progressives Congress leader, Bola Tinubu, in his quest to become the next president of Nigeria in 2023 presidential election.
In a video that went viral, the funnyman was seen alongside other Nollywood actors ‘pledging alliance’ to the APC leader.
However, in a twist of event, the actor took to his verified Instagram page to make a video to clear the air. Reacting to the viral video, Mr Ibu said, “I do not know why this thing is going on like this.”
Mr Ibu said that Atiku has been like a father to him and the former Vice-President got him a house to ‘use for the main time’. Okafor noted that his presidential candidate in the 2023 election is Atiku Abubakar.
Part of his speech in the video stated, “People approached me about Tinubu’s involvement to contest for the next president of Nigeria. I am a completely independent person; in the area that I perform, I am a comedian, musician and actor. Anything that has to do with anybody, people come to me and I address me in that direction. I know what to do.
“I do not know why this thing is going on like this. From time, I will never run sideways. It has been me and Atiku all this while, he has taken me places. If Atiku is running for president, certainly, because he has done a lot of things for me; there was a time he changed my house. He is like a father to me. He is contesting for president under PDP, certainly, I will be working for him. Atiku is my candidate.”
We’ll show Nigerians that PDP is different, Says Makinde
Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, yesterday, declared that with a new leadership soon to take over the administration of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), he was hopeful that the party would begin to take actions that would show Nigerians that it was different and ready to work for Nigerians’ best interest.
Makinde, who said elective office holders on PDP’s platform must show that the party was ready to engender good governance at all levels, added that there was a connection between the performance of elective office holders and the high level of voter apathy in the country.
In a statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Mr. Taiwo Adisa, Makinde, who chaired one of the sessions at the retreat for newly-elected PDP Officers, in Abuja, urged the party to end voter apathy by mobilising women and youths, who represented critical segments of the voting population.
According to the governor, the PDP must address the issue of voter apathy ahead of the 2023 general election, as the results of the 2015 and 2019 presidential election showed that less than 30 million voters participated in each of the elections, whereas, the number of registered voters was just below 85 million.
He, however, stated that in order to address the issue of youth and women participation in politics, the party must deal with the issue of elective office holders breaching the trust and confidence of voters.
He said: “I would like you to bear in mind, each time the speakers mention youth, that Nigeria has a population of about 78 million persons, who fall between the ages of 16 and 40 and when they say women, we should be thinking in terms of about 100 million persons.
“So, in total, we are discussing a population of about 120 to 140million.
“I have decided to lead with this information because as politicians, we are interested in numbers. The 2015 presidential election was won and lost with a voting population of less than 30 million. In 2019, the figures were similar – less than 30 million people voted. In both cases, the total number of registered voters was just below 85 million.
“From these numbers, we can clearly see that we have an election participation problem. First, those eligible to register are not registering to vote. Second, over 60 per cent of those who register, shun the elections.
“So, looking towards 2023, one of the key issues that we need to address is voter apathy and we cannot effectively address youth participation in Nigerian politics and mobilising youth and women in Nigerian politics while ignoring the reason behind this apathy.
“If we are being honest, we will agree that the failure of the political class to make itself relevant to the voting population is chiefly responsible for voter apathy. We over-promise and under deliver and the citizens pay the price.”
APC National Convention to hold February 2022
President Muhammadu Buhari has approved February 2022 for the conduct of the national convention of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Chairman of the Progressives Governors’ Forum and Kebbi State Governor, Atiku Bagudu, made the announcement in Abuja on Monday.
Bagudu told State House correspondents after a meeting with Buhari at the Presidential Villa today.
The Kebbi State governor was accompanied to the villa by the Chairman of the APC National Caretaker Committee and Yobe State Governor, Mai Mala Buni, as well as Governor Abubakar Badaru of Jigawa State.
He told State House correspondents that the meeting was to brief the President on the decision of the Progressives Governors Forum when the members met on Sunday night.
According to Bagudu, the governors resolved that the convention should hold in February 2022 and the same suggestion was proposed to the President for approval.
He, however, stated that that party’s leadership has yet to decide on a specific date to conduct its national convention.
According to him, the party would notify the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) while it works out a timetable.
Governor Buni took over the APC leadership in June 2020 following the dissolution of the party’s National Working Committee (NWC) led by former Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole.
Amid the crisis that hit the party at the national level at the time, the APC National Executive Council met and resolved to dissolve the NWC based on the recommendations of the President.
The party, thereafter, appointed Governor Buni to head the Caretaker Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC), and he was immediately sworn in by the Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) Abubakar Malami.
While addressing party leaders at the meeting, President Buhari had called for the immediate suspension of all pending litigations involving the APC and its members.
He informed party chieftains at the meeting that mutating disagreements could lead to the self-destruction of the party with dire consequences.
The caretaker committee was directed to take over the leadership of the APC pending when a convention would be conducted to elect a new set of national officers of the ruling party.
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