2023 Ogun Guber:Abiodun Submits Nomination Form, Expresses Confidence Of Victory...Meets NWC - EDU-BIZNEWS


Wednesday, May 11, 2022

2023 Ogun Guber:Abiodun Submits Nomination Form, Expresses Confidence Of Victory...Meets NWC

Governor Dapo Abiodun of Ogun State has submitted the Expression of Interest and Nomination Forms for his re-election on the platform of the All Progressives Congress to the party leadership in Abuja.

Abiodun arrived at the venue around 3: 15p.m amid pomp and pageantry, waving flags and singing songs in praise of the governor who is seeking a second term in office.

According to a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Kunle Somorin, the governor, who submitted the forms to party officials at the International Conference Centre, Abuja, was accompanied by a large crowd, which included party stalwarts, elder statesmen and women, national assembly members, cabinet members, political associates, and supporters, among others.

Abiodun, after submitting the nomination form, said that with the support from the masses, he was confident of victory during the March 11, 2023, governorship elections.

 He added that his administration is committed to the delivery of real dividends of democracy in all aspects of life to all citizens of the Gateway State.

Somorin quoted Abiodun as saying that he is committed to providing qualitative governance to all residents of Ogun state.

According to the statement, the governor said: "Today, I formally submitted my nomination and expression of interest forms to our party leadership.  

"For the avoidance of doubt, I am running for a second term in office, and I have announced that I will be running with my deputy, Engr. (Mrs) Noimot Salako Oyedele.

"We are running on the records of our achievements in the last three years. We have been open, transparent, inclusive, accountable and brought dividends of democracy to every nook and cranny of Ogun State.

“We have put in place, a robust economic agenda, that is encapsulated in our ISEYA (Infrastructure, Social Welfare and Welfare and Wellbeing; Education, Youth Empowerment and Agriculture) developmental agenda and it has propelled all the various interventions that we’ve had in Ogun State.

"Despite COVID-19 and its constraints, we achieved landmark achievements across all sections for which we have received recognition globally. It gave us the opportunity to redouble our efforts and ensure that people can feel us meaningfully in all areas. We shall not rest on our oars. The future of the next generation is the foundation we are laying. All good hands must be on deck".

The governor appreciated the people for their understanding and loyalty, declaring "We will not take your support for granted. The next level is to consolidate in the gains so far made on infrastructural development, digital economy, on good roads, affordable housing, health care delivery, free, functional education, welfare services, employment and agriculture. 

"We will not develop one section of Ogun State at the expense of another. We will raise the bar of good governance, economic renaissance and individual prosperity of our people. So shall it, going forward".

The team later paid a courtesy a courtesy call on the members of the National Working Committee comprising of the Deputy National Chairman (North), Sen. Abubakar Kyari, his South counterpart, Chief Emma Eneukwu, the vice chairman, (South West), Isaac Kekemike and the National Secretary of the party, Senator Iyiola Omisore.

The Governor congratulated members of the NWC and informed them that he has added value to governance and making the state "perhaps the safest in the country".

"We are an incubation centre for high level labour in the country and we are growing that as the education capital of the country. We remain the investment capital of Nigeria. We are building the first truly agro-cargo airport at Ilishan...Indeed what we are building his an Aerotropolis."

Speaking on behalf of the NWC National Secretary, Sen. Omisore applauded the good work of the governor and assure the team of a level-playing ground, the statement concluded

Meanwhile the Dapo Abiodun Campaign Organization (DACO) says its attention has been drawn to what the organization described as a terse and watery press statement issued by the “SIA Media Office”, making a feeble denial that “Sen Amosun is not involved directly or indirectly, in any campaign against Governor Abiodun or any person for that matter.”

"There is no doubt that the said statement of denial was an unsuccessful attempt to mislead and divert the attention of the discerning public away from the political machinations and shenanigans of the “SIA Media Office”. Senator Ibikunle Amosun, by the denial, is simply hiding behind a finger",the statement stated 

In a publication by The Encounter (https://www.theencounter.com.ng/2022/04/ogun-2023-ill-not-contest-against-gov.html?m=) on April 19, 2022 and other platforms, the loser in the 2019 gubernatorial polls in Ogun State, Hon. Adekunle Akinlade, not only owned-up to the fictitious, baseless, misleading and hate-filled petition written against Governor Dapo Abiodun to the headquarters of the All Progressives Congress (APC), by one unknown petitioner claiming to be a “leader” in our party, Hon. Akinlade actually named Senator Amosun as the sponsor/director of the petition.

Akinlade stated and we quote: “I need to come and tell my people that if what we are looking at (petition) goes through and there is opportunity, I will come out to mobilise my people and I will run. But if the petition is jettisoned by the party and the party decides otherwise, we will stand with the party. That is the directive of our leader, Senator Ibikunle Amosun.”

Since then, the statements and outputs from the “SIA Media Office” are nothing but storylines packed with political chicanery. Not unexpectedly, and true to well known character, as we saw in the buildup to the 2019 general elections, Senator Amosun and his people became more desperate when notable members in their now fractured camp started deserting in droves; saying they were tired of persistent deceit and failed promises. 

This set of serial petitioners became very desperate and peeved after Senator Lekan Mustapha, Amosun’s former Commissioner for Health, Dr. Babatunde Ipaye, and several others from Amosun’s camp visited Governor Abiodun few weeks ago in Abeokuta to pledge their loyalty to Mr. Governor and his second term aspiration. 

A man should be able to stand by his actions. In the words of Maya Angelou: 

“Courage is the most important of all the virtues, because without courage, you can't practice any other virtue consistently.”

The “SIA Media Office” should tell the story of its cowardly denial to the marines. 

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