Here is the speech of Hon Adekunle AbdulKabir Akinlade at the Press Briefing ongoing right now. It is titled “OUR MOVEMENT TO VICTORY /SUSTENANCE OF THE MISSION TO REBUILD.
This is informed by a strong desire by people of Ogun state to have an orderly and a peaceful succession in the state. To us members of the party, this is more critical and important than politicking.
This noble objective was democratically pursued to a point under the APC but was visited with injustice by some people that seized the opportunities provided by the primaries to further their personal agenda rather than the overall good of the party and the society at large.
You would recall that the genuine concern of all well-meaning people of Ogun state to continue the mission under the umbrella of the APC has been frustrated by self-seeking elements within the party.
The Governorship primaries were held in various states with results announced in the presence of all stakeholders in respective states. We are yet to unravel the venue of the declaration of results of the APC purported Governorship primaries in Ogun state. Fake primaries, fake results and fake declaration at fake venue, falling short of Ogun standard.
In a brazen falsification of the will of the people of Ogun State and the open disregard for internal democracy, the Adams Oshiomhole-led National Working Committee (NWC) came out with the predetermined results awarding victory to their adopted aspirants in various elective offices.
All genuine efforts by various stakeholders across the nation to make them see reason and accept the people’s choice have fallen on deaf ears. The same brazen disregard for decency and best practices was displayed in many state chapters of APC across the country.
The imposition of candidates and the open hostility to the duly elected party leadership in the State have therefore compelled us to look for an alternative platform in search of justice, internal democracy and the sustenance of the mission to rebuild Ogun state.
The mission to rebuild must be sustained and fast tracked to a logical conclusion in order to ensure peaceful succession, orderliness and sustainable development of our state.
The larger interest of Ogun state must therefore not be sacrificed at the altar of a self-seeking minority.
Central to the rebuilding mission is the struggle against the marginalization of the people of Ogun West Senatorial District. No indigene of the Senatorial zone has been elected governor since the creation of the state in 1976. This is against the spirit of fairness, equity and justice.
The case has been vigorously championed over the years by key political leaders across Ogun state. I pay tribute to all of them accordingly. It is therefore a great paradox to see some political actors spoiling to perpetuate the injustice of depriving the zone of this historical opportunity even as at today. The time is now, by the grace of Almighty God.
To run an effective and organized campaign, we have put together a brilliant, tested and committed campaign team ever assembled in Ogun state because we are determined to WIN freely, fairly and convincingly.
Gentlemen of the press, it gives me a great pleasure to present to you the Allied People’s Movement (APM) 2019 Ogun State Campaign Director General, the Deputy DG, The Ogun East, Ogun Central and Ogun West Senatorial Campaign Directors.
1. Director General – Chief Sarafa Tunji Isola
2. Deputy Director General – Dr. Babatunde Ipaye
3. Ogun East Senatorial Director – Hon. Toyin Ayebusiwa
4. Ogun Central Senatorial Director – Chief Wole Adesiji
5. Ogun West Senatorial Director – Chief Jide Ojuko
Ladies and gentlemen, I hereby seek your indulgence to seed the floor to the APM State Campaign Director General for his first official function as we commence our movement to victory by the grace of God.
Gentlemen of the Press,
It is with honour and privilege that I thank you for honouring our invitation.
Thank you and God bless.
BEING THE ADDRESS BY THE DIRECTOR GENERAL, ALLIED PEOPLE’S MOVEMENT OGUN STATE CAMPAIGN COUNCIL. CHIEF SARAFA TUNJI ISOLA AT THE INAUGURAL PRESS CONFERENCE OF THE PARTY HELD IN ABEOKUTA, OGUN STATE ON MONDAY DECEMBER 17, 2018.
He is the answer to the yearnings of the people of Ogun west to produce a Governor since the creation of Ogun state. He is a gentleman, seasoned professional and tested hand. He has character, capacity and capability. Above all, he is a democrat.
Finally, the party wishes to invite you to the commissioning of the campaign headquarters complex tomorrow, Tuesday December 18, 2018 and the inauguration of members of the campaign council which will take at this venue. The flag-off of the party’s campaign in Ogun state will follow on Thursday, December 20, 2018 at the MKO Abiola Stadium, Abeokuta. In all these, we are inviting you and soliciting for your support and collaboration as critical stakeholder in this endeavour to create a better society for our people and generation yet unborn.
God bless Allied People’s Movement.
God bless Ogun State.
God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Victory is assured, by the grace of Almighty God.