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FEBRUARY 26 BYE-ELECTION: BARR. OLUMUYIWA ADU- A MAN RUNNING ON PEOPLE’S MANDATE

.... Says Ambition Is A Call To Service

By Collins Dupson, 27th January, 2022

Without dispute, the main issue in Ondo State politics today is the forthcoming bye election in Akure South and North which INEC has slated for 26th of February, 2022.

Following the demise of Hon Adedayo Omolafe, a federal lawmaker representing Akure South and North Federal Constituency, the seat became vacant. Both the ruling party in the state, All Progressive Congress (APC) and opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP) are determined to win the seat.

It could be recalled that, Late Omolafe went to the Green Chamber on the platform of the People’s Democratic Party and the party is working assiduously to retain the seat but APC too seems to be determined to take the seat considering the large number of aspirants who have shown interest in the race.

More than 15 aspirants shown interest in APC while only five aspirants have picked the PDP Nomination Forms; Barrister Olumuyiwa Adu, Hon Kemi Adesanya, Hon Dayo Awude, Mr Babatunde Faro and Hon Adebayo Alaranpon.

Without mincing words, all the aspirants have what it takes to represent the people of the constituent but among them, Barrister Olumuyiwa Adu stands a better chance of winning whoever APC might presented for the bye election. The People’s Democratic Party must return to winning way and Akure being the strong hold of the party, there is need to present a candidate that is well accepted and love by the electorates.

THE MANDATE:

A lot of politicians in Nigeria are aspiring for political positions for selfish reasons, far from the welfare of the people. To some, it is a national cake rather than collective resources of Nigerians. Barrister Muyiwa Adu is not a green horn in the political setting of the state nor aspiring to enrich himself but a call to serve his people. His aspiration is not accidental nor banking on the demise of “Expensive” to contest. He has come out twice to contest the position when Late Omolafe was alive but dropped his ambition because of the popularity of “Expensive” at that time.

History is repeating itself again as the kind of love enjoyed by Late “Expensive” is being extended to Adu. Character and philanthropic wise, Adu shares similarity with the late federal lawmaker. Akure people want a representative who can fit into the big shoes left behind by Expensive.

Barrister Adu is accommodating, a listening leader, calm and accessible. A man of national and international figure, trusted and talented leader, philanthropist, a man of foresight, apostle of good governance and a vibrant young politician with great vision for his people.

In spite of these sterling qualities, Barrister Adu knows that the road to the National Assembly is not going to be easy and winning the primary will not be a walkover considering the pedigree of his co-contestants in the race but he believes it is achievable provided the people are solidly behind him.

Beating Dayo Awude, a former commissioner, Kemi Adesanya, the state woman leader and two terms state Assembly lawmaker, Adebayo Alaranpon, a former chairman of Akure Local Government and Babatunde Faro, a successful young entrepreneur won’t be a easy ride but what place Barrister Adu on the edge and above others aside is intimidating credentials is the strong backing of the people of Akure South and North who are clamouring and agitating for a better representative in the person of Barrister Olumuyiwa Adu.

Many were baffled on the soaring popularity and how Adu suddenly becomes the beautiful bride of the common citizens, leaders of PDP and stakeholders. The love was borne out of his past antecedents and good works; Adu is reaping the fruit of his hard labour, fruit of his commitment and fruit of his philanthropism built over the years even when he never thought of joining politics.

Feeding questions from Newsmen at the party secretariat after collecting his Nomination Form, Barrister Adu said his aspirations to represent the people of Akure South and North Federal Constituency was borne out of calls from the people, asking him to replace the late lawmaker who was a great representative of the people.

Adu stated that his constituent deserves a good law that will bring transformation, development and dividend of democracy to their door steps. “I am joining them at the lower chamber to make good laws that will place Akure Federal Constituency in vantage position among others constituencies in the country”.

The House of Representatives hopeful noted that his political strength and structure are the people that asked him to run for the office, saying that the people will determine the best candidate with their votes at the appropriate time.

The support and popularity of Barrister was put to practice while collecting his nomination form at the party secretariat, the caliber of people in his entourage and large supporters base has proven his worth as a man love by the people.

Adu stated that he chosen the platform of the People’s Democratic Party to contest because that is the party of the majority Akure People that ask him to contest having seen the competency in him. Having conceded to the yearnings of his people, Adu is determined to win both the primary and bye election. As a great tactian who is courageous in the face of intimidation, he will coast PDP to victory.

If the words of the party chairman is anything to rely on, Adu will no doubt win the primary in a free, fair and credible election.

Speaking, Alhaji Fatai Adams assured the aspirant of a level playing ground for all contesters, saying the leadership of the party will ensure the primary is credible, free and fair.

The Chairman disclosed that, the party has no prefer candidate or favorite among the aspirants, noting that the best among them will emerge through a transparent primary to be conducted by the party.

“As a party, we don’t have a favourite candidate, but whoever emerges at the end of the primary becomes the party candidate. PDP is strong in Akure and the only thing that can make us loss this election is internal wrangling among us; to prevent this from happening, the party will ensure credible primary is conducted”.

For any aspirant to get the ticket, the support base must be solid, alliances must be steady and structure cut across and center on the people; all these factors favour Adu; his mobilisation team is doing a great job.

With the primary election slated for 3rd February, his team can only be optimistic of victory; Barrister Adu has done his home work well and his victory is non-negotiable provided the leadership of the party give room for free, fair and credible polls.

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