LAGOS – With the campaigns for the 2019 general elections now in full swing, Prince Dapo Abiodun, the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate for Ogun State, officially flagged off his ward-to-ward campaign on Monday, January 7, 2019 in Ijebu North East of Ogun State.
There was a large turn-out, which was not a surprise as area is believed to be one of his strongholds, especially due to his place of origin and fan base. Prince Abiodun, through his campaign organisation, had earlier announced on January 2, 2019 that his slow start was not connected to the dissolution of the party’s state executive.
Prince Segun Adesegun, former deputy governor and Director General of the Campaign Organisation, who first spoke at the rally, welcomed the party leaders to the event. He commended the party members and supporters for their loyalty to the cause.
He stated that the late start of Prince Abiodun’s campaign was not unconnected with the candidate’s preparation and the signal from the APC National Headquarters, Abuja.
At his Iperu-Remo country home, Prince Abiodun, had earlier received his running mate, Alhaja Noimot Salako-Oyedele for the event. From there, they moved in a convoy to Isoyin, Ward 7 in Ijebu North East. There, they were received by supporters and indigent voters, whose long wait paid off as they sighted the convoy the convoy. Dressed in Ankara uniform to receive the man they call their ‘Son’.
Before Isoyin, Abiodun had a short stopover at Ilese, where he met students and residents of Ilese. He was led to the main gate of College of Health Technology, where the crowd of students gathered and danced. Abiodun, promised the Ilese and Isonyin communities of a befitting road and new market.
While addressing, the students, the oil magnate and businessman said, he had visited the royal fathers in Lisa, palace of Awujale, Oliworo of Iworo and the Baales, and that they had the same complaint, which included bad roads, neglect, lack of dividends of democracy, and lack of electric power. He pledged that all these would be tackled with his 100 days in office.
Prince Adesegun told the people of Isonyin, “I was here in 2015 and we were confronted by many challenges affecting the people of Isonyin, one of which is lack of electricity. We promised to facilitate a new transformer for Isonyin community in recognition of your support and love, the transformer was delivered same week, this is to tell you we are tested and trusted of integrity. We do not promise what we won’t do.
“When we get to Oke Mosan, Governors’ Office in Abeokuta, we will effect a change in life of the people of Isonyi. Your roads are bad, a local government without good road is unacceptable.”
Also, the trail moved to Imowo, Atan, and Ijebu Ode. Prince Abiodun’s entourage of party chiefs and members, ward leaders and supporters landed at Atan, the administrative headquarters of Ijebu North East Local Government. He was received by community chiefs, religious leaders, artisans, chairmen of drivers’ union, as well as leaders of the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT).. The chants of Omoluabi rented the air. Prince Abiodun and his running mate were welcomed by little Adebisi Oyinlola, who presented them with flowers. This was followed by the endorsement by all Baales in Atan.
Speaking at the rally, Mr Shuaib Omoyayi, a former aide of Gov. Ibikunle Amosun, described Prince Abiodun as a reliable servant leader with a good heart. He said APC could not have asked for a better candidate at this critical time, even as he urged the people of Atan to ignore parties of fake people and liars.
At the several places he went to, Prince Abiodun, maintained that his politics is defined by true service to the people. He promised the people leadership by transparency, accountability, and credibility. Anything fair and just. He expressed commitment to free education, equitable distribution of resources, good governance and local government autonomy.
He said: “I am not going to be elected Iperu governor, or Ijebu Ode governor. I hope to be elected governor of the people of ogun, paying teachers’ salary, allowances, and arrears – all workers’ entitlements, and leave bonuses will be revisited.
“We shall explore our natural resources, tapped into them to create further wealth and build more industries that will engage our youths in a gainful employment. Our youths shall be engaged and empowered. They are the future of Ogun.
“We are implementing free education from primary to Junior Secondary education (JSS2), we shall ensure our local government gain independence and freedom so that many social and infrastructure issue can be solved without bothering the State government. All abandoned infrastructures will be revisited and completed.”
While introducing the defectors and other candidate of APC contesting, Prince Abiodun further charged the residents of Atan and party members to vote for APC in all the elections, from President to House of Assembly election.
He said: “We have not had it better under any party. APC is the best and the only party with people’s interest.”
Babatunde Adebola, Adegoke Badru led Accord Party members that defected to APC, while Chief Nurein Bamowo led African Democratic Congress (ADC) executives to the APC. They assured the Campaign Council of support and votes.
Among the party leaders who graced the rally were Chief Yemi Sanusi, APC Chairman (caretaker), Dr. Noimot Salako- Oyedele, Sen. Gbenga Obadara, Mrs Onabanjo, Prince Segun Adesegun, Alh. Adegbenga Kaka, Engr. Funsho Osibodu, all wards Chairmen, former Council Boss and royal fathers, House of Assembly, Yomi Fajo.