Nigeria’s former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, has described the governorship candidate of the African Democratic Congress (ADC), Prince Gboyega Nasir Isiaka as a credible candidate for the governorship position in Ogun State in the 2019 elections.
He declared this at the official presentation of Isiaka, his running mate,Mrs.Olabisi Okeowo-Bolade and other candidates to Obasanjo by the party’s leadership, held at the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library auditorium, Abeokuta, on Saturday.
Sunday Tribune recalls that Obasanjo in a letter written on the state of the nation last January, bemoaned the level of hopelessness in the nation which was responsible for the formation of the Coalition for Nigeria Movement (CNM) and later adopted ADC.
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The former president submitted that Isiaka, a three time governorship candidate had the wherewithal to administer the state effectively well.
He said: “I am happy that today, you are presenting to me a candidate of the party and a candidate who is worthy of being a candidate. What do you expect me to say if not to say this is my son in whom I am well pleased. He is a man who has ears and he listens. When he gets there, he will be grateful.
“You don’t have to leave any stone unturned. You may have somebody who is opposed to you. That is normal. But you have no enemy because you need all hands on deck to do what needs to be done in this state when you become the governor.
“Don’t quarrel or fight with anybody. You have what others will envy. Wherever I go, I will say ADC in Ogun State has a good and credible product. Just give it a try and you will be pleasantly surprised.”
He sought for the support of the people of the state in ensuring that the Ogun West senatorial district produced the next governor of the state, in the spirit of equity, justice and fairness.
Obasanjo said he would continue to be a guide and adviser to the parto while condemning vote-buying during elections.
He warned ADC candidates and members against such practice in order to differentiate themselves from corrupt politicians.
Obasanjo said: “You remember ADC contested (governorship) election in Osun State and after that election, I said let’s do post mortem and what we heard was that there was vote-buying. That mustn’t be the practice and that will not be the practice in ADC.
“You will campaign and let the people know why they must vote for you. Voters know that those who buy them would steal their money.”
The state ADC Chairman, Dr Gbolade Osinowo, said the failure of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) would paved way for the success of the party in the election
“In Ogun State, the number one party is ADC. This is the work of God. God has done it but after God, it is you (Obasanjo) that we must thank.
“What we are doing is a resurgence of hope. The PDP is factionalised and there is no hope for our people there. The ruling APC has imploded from top to bottom. There is no hope for our people. But ADC is the only party that can bring hope for our people and restore good governance,”Osinowo added.
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