Why I want to succeed Amosun – Rep Akinlade

…Aspirant identifies “more than N1 trillion economic potentials”
A member of the House of Representatives, Honourable Adekunle Akinlade, has indicated interest to contest the 2019 governorship ticket on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ogun State. Akinlade, who represents Egbado South/Ipokia Federal Constituency, proffered the rationale behind his interest in succeeding the incumbent Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun. The Federal Lawmaker explained when he visited APC State Secretariat in Abeokuta alongside hundreds of his supporters and party stalwarts that he was fully ready to sustain and improve on Amosun-led government’s mission to rebuild the State.

According to the aspirant who is from Ogun West Senatorial District, which has not produced a governor since the creation of the State, the visit to the Secretariat was to seek the Party Leaders’ blessing on his governorship ambition.

Akinlade, who was full of joy, recalled that Amosun, seven years ago, met a state with bad economy, insecurity, infrastructural decay, but that the Governor revived and rebuilt it to a peaceful and business-friendly state.
According to him, it is only someone who has the mental capability, trust and confidence, like him, that can sustain the present administration’s legacy without being shattered.
Akinlade told the Party Leaders: “I have come to seek your blessing because I want to become governor come 2019. I am here to seek the Party’s permission to explore the nooks and crannies of the State to intimate people with my ambition and tell them what I will offer the State as a Governor.
“I believe I am ably qualified for the position,” the Legislator said, adding: “I have worked closely with the Governor and I have learnt a lot from him and so I am qualified and I have the capacity to do it. I want to add that I am a God-fearing person and trustworthy.”

“The present achievement and legacy of Amosun should be handed over to the person who has the capacity, trust and confidence because if we fail to, the legacy may be shattered, God forbid,” he stressed.

Akinlade maintained that as a financial expert, he has identified “more than N1 trillion economic potentials” in the State, which his government, if in power, would explore for the viability of the State’s economy. He assured the Party Leaders that he would place them at their “rightful positions” if he emerges because “I know where party belongs and where it should be.” While responding, the APC Acting Chairman, Alhaji Tajudeen Lemboye, admitted that the leadership of the party had equally received other governorship aspirants from Ogun West Senatorial District.
Lemboye, a former Chairman of Abeokuta South Local Government, however, urged the aspirants to play the game by the rules and equally embrace whoever emerges after all as the party’s candidate. According to him, the APC would always operate an open-door policy and be receptive to all aspirants by treating them fairly.
Lemboye declared: “Seven years ago, the governorship race started like this and we had more than 10 aspirants. Amosun joined the race at 11th hour, but as God would have it, he emerged as the Party’s candidate and subsequently as the Governor.

“Back then, we never knew his mind, but I can tell you categorically today that, Amosun is the best Governor Ogun has ever had in its 41 years of existence.”


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