ROD: The IT Guru & Ondo 10th Assembly

. Best Positioned for Minority Leadership

In the words of the Former Secretary General of the United Nations now late, Kofi Annan- “Young people should be at the forefront of global change and innovation. Empowered, they can be key agents for development and peace. If, however, they are left on society’s margins, all of us will be impoverished. Let us ensure that all young people have every opportunity to participate fully in the lives of their societies”.

If this World Leader could knew the importance of youth being given opportunity to lead, then, the likes of ROD is the rave of the moment in the political setting of the Sunshine State.

Raymond Oluwatoyin Daodu (ROD), a Consulting Guru, IT Expert and a Philanthropist turned politician is a man to watch out for in the 10th Ondo State House of Assembly. Nigerians youth have played significant impacts in the just concluded 2023 General Election either as active or passive youths. Before now, the major roles our Politicians assign to the youth is act of thuggery, snatching of ballot boxes but our youth seems to beginning to take their destiny in their hands as a lot of vibrant youths contested different elective positions from presidency to Assembly in 2023 polls.

The youth have woken from their slumber, using 2023 polls as the beginning of the future. The common slogan that, Youth are future leaders is old fashioned as today’s Youth are today’s leaders.They possibly might not have gotten it right at the polls mostly in the Presidency but definitely one day, less than 40 years old will govern Nigeria. A lot of our youth won seats to different positions in the National and State Assemblies.

We must continue to encourage our youth, inspite of the passage of Not Too Young To Run Bill by the president in 2018, there is still low level of Youth participation in the country’s politics. When ROD as fondly called by admirers thought it wise to threw his hat into the assembly race of Akoko South West Constituency 1, it was a welcome development embraced by all and sundries mostly the commoners that are waiting for a progressive minded youth with clear focus for the constituent. This is a man with good pedigree, background and traceable family lineage that stands him tall among his contemporaries in the race.

A lot of people were wondering what Young Daodu is doing in the murky and dirty water of politics but for the love and passion of his people who have been neglected due to poor representation, there is need to make himself available for possible change and rescue the people through people’s oriented lawmaking.

Before the 2023 Polls, ROD had been hitherto been seen and perceived by the uninitiated as a political underdog and a green horn in the highly combustible Ondo State political eco-system.

This perception of underdog subsist largely amongst the political hawks in both the ruling and opposition party (APC & PDP) in Ondo State and in his constituent who advertently or inadvertently felt they have control of the political future of the Akoko South West Constituency 1.

However, whatever any doubts the naysayers may have, the way and manner ROD emerged as the party’s candidate and also ultimately won the March 18th House of Assembly poll against all odds speaks volumes of the underrated political sagacity and intellectual prowess of the humble, humane and young Oka born politician.

ROD forays into politics is not accidental but well thought out with determination to make a difference and change the narrative of under performance. He understands the primary duty of Legislator and his private sector experience would be put into bear in the business of lawmaking. He knows what his constituent needs and ready to sponsor bills in collaboration with his colleagues for the betterment of Akoko South West Constituency 1.

The 10th Assembly is blessed to have the personality of ROD in the assembly at this time. Despite voted into the House under the platform of the opposition party, the People’s Democratic party, his impact will definitely be felt. Out of the four PDP candidates elected into the House, ROD is better positioned to function as the Minority Leader. He is outspoken, eloquent, intelligent, brilliant, exposed and has leadership charisma that would make a robust opposition in the House. His major focus though, is making good laws for his people and not be anti to laws that will benefit the generality of Ondo State.

ROD started his elementary primary school at the St John/Mary Primary School, Owo before proceeding to the prestigious Owo High School and Methodist High School, both in Owo in Owo Local Government Area Council. He later attended a polytechnic in Ile-Ife where he obtained Ordinary National Diploma (OND) in Computer Science.

In his quest for more knowledge and higher degree, ROD attended Lagos State University, Lagos for Bachelor of Science in Computer Science in 2010 and also MBA Executive +Finance Option) from the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife between 2015 and 2017.

In his journey into IT world as a computer guru, he was at a time working in Dafinone Consulting Ltd as a Trainee Consultant/ Supervisor for six years; a company reputed to have the highest number of Chartered Accountant in one family, breaking Guinness Book of Record.

He occupied the position of Executive Director at Maximo Consulting Limited, Sage International Business Partner where he used his unbeatable managerial skills to elevate the company to lofty within a short period.

His track record continue to earned him promotion as he became the Managing Director of Moonstone Consulting Ltd (Sage International Business Partner) in February 2018, one of the leading company firm in Nigeria, courtesy of ROD capacity within three years as the Managing Director.

One unique quality of ROD that endeared him to many people is the act of giving. By all standards, ROD is a philanthropist that gives without expecting anything in return. He derives passion in extending hands of love to the needy in the society.

As a lover of education, ROD has for a long time even before dreaming of joining politics supporting secondary school students from Oka Akoko most especially in Akoko South West Constituency 1. He also engaged the service of eleven teachers to compliment the effort of the State Government.

As if that was enough, ROD paid WAEC fees for the best students in SSS3 across the nine schools in his constituent; bought 38 UTME forms for students in the Constituency among others humanitarian services to the orphan, elderly and community service.

Without much ado, ROD is not only a blessing to the people of Akoko South West Constituency 1 but also a blessing to the 10th Assembly. As the 10th Assembly commences legislative business probably June, RAYMOND OLUWATOYIN DAODU (ROD) is a young vibrant Lawmaker to watch out for.

Dupson Collins write from Akure, Ondo State

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