The Lagos State Senator at the National Assembly, Solomon Adeola has disclosed that he has relocated his party membership to Ogun State in preparatory for the 2023 election to enable him contest for the Senatorial seat, noting that his emergence has become ‘Yayiphobia’, for his oppositions.
Penpushing reports that, Adeola who has declared interest to contest the Ogun West Senatorial seat through the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), made this known to douse speculation of crisis in the party following his emergence.
The Senator popularly called ‘Yayi’ explained that he had equally perfected his registration with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), adding that he came into the contest following request by his people in the zone.
Penpushing further reports that, Adeola said as a committed and foundation member of the party, he has never dumped the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) till date,
The statement issued by his Special Adviser of Media, Chief Kayode Odunaro explained that he threw his weight behind the second term ambition of Prince Dapo Abiodun, just as he did as a true party man for Senator Ibikunle Amosun towards his 2015 re-election bid even while serving as a Lagos State legislator.
Penpushing also reports that, he said there is no crisis within the party, adding that, if any, is within the camp of few politicians who are afraid of his entrance a grassroot and people-oriented politician.
‘This was what I had described as “Yayiphobia” in the past to mean a condition of morbid fear of some lily-livered politicians in confronting the penetrating reach of Senator Adeola among the leaders and masses of Ogun West and preferring his exclusion from the race altogether as the only option for realizing their electoral dream’.
‘That condition is their crisis and not that of Ogun APC. Senator Adeola is legally and legitimately contesting the 2023 Ogun West Senatorial District race with any other aspirants or candidates and will allow the people decide who represents them in the highest legislative body in Nigeria’, he stressed.
‘All those sponsoring write-ups for exclusion of Senator Adeola from Ogun West race are directed to read the relevant parts of the constitution on freedom of association and movement in Nigeria as well as other extant laws and regulations’.
‘For the records, Senator Adeola as an indigene of Ogun West, is not new to Ogun State and indeed All Progressives Congress, APC, in the State even while serving as a legislator in Lagos State. As a true progressive politician with a record of not jumping political ship like some notable politicians, he was a foundation member of APC and would always work for the success of the party at all levels of government and across Nigeria’.
‘His record for supporting party positions in government are in public domain with his service as an electoral umpire at the recent National Convention of APC’,the statement added.
‘His foray into Ogun State politics dates back to 2012 when he widely consulted on the possibility of contesting for Ogun West Senatorial District as a way of shoring up the waning progressive spirit and making direct impact on his people’
‘ It is on record that in that quest, he fully supported the ambition of Senator Ibikunle Amosun for second term through massive mobilization, erection of billboards and other publicity blitz costing multi-million naira’.
‘That quest was never in vain as Senator Amosun went on to win the 2015 while in a divinely arranged circumstance, Senator Adeola became the Senator of the largest senatorial district in Nigeria in terms of population’.
‘His performance in that position for 6 years and counting, has now made his people from Ogun West to earnestly seek his representation at the Red Chamber of the National Assembly ruing that his massive developmental initiatives in the 10 local government areas s of Lagos West would have been their portion in just 5 local government areas if he had contested in 2015’.
‘This feeling was not restricted to only APC members but across board among traditional rulers and socio-political groups. This was what culminated to the declaration at Ilaro on April 6, 2022 when APC members under the West to West for Dapo Abiodun(W2W4DA) Convergence held their grand finale mammoth rally endorsing Prince Dapo Abiodun for second term and calling of Senator Adeola to pitch his tent with them in 2023 for Ogun West Senatorial District.
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