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INEC List: Ogun West Indigenes Rally Support For Biyi Otegbeye As Yewa/Awori Guber Candidate

ABEOKUTA – Indigenes of Yewa/Awori in Ogun West Senatorial District of Ogun State have described the governorship candidate of African Democratic Congress (ADC), Barrister Biyi Otegbeye as a unifier who represent the interest of the region.

The residents who gave their endorsement for the governorship ambition of the ADC candidate under the umbrella of Ogun West Grassroots Alliance (OWGA) said Ogun West deserves a better deal than what is getting at the moment.

Addressing journalists at a press conference in Abeokuta on Wednesday, the Convener, OWGA, Bolaji Adeniji posited that despite the subterfuge and machinations to deny the region another opportunity to produce the state governor from the Yewa extraction by some leaders, said the 2023 general elections has avail them opportunity to have choices before them in the next five months; and among these choices is the Gubernatorial Candidate of the African Democratic Congress (ADC), Biyi Otegbeye, whom he described as a veritable and illustrious Son of Ilaro Yewaland.

Adeniji noted that, Barrister Biyi Otegbeye, popularly known as “BOT” has an irrefutable historical and family pedigree, sterling educational attainments, enviable professional achievements, and a shining career in the private sector spanning several decades with good records as footnotes.

Adeniji (middle) flanked by Alhaji Raheem Ajayi ‘Baglo’ (right) jointly addressing journalists on Wednesday.

According to him, BOT comes with untainted character, unblemished integrity
and politically experienced with a rich network having previously contested for the House of Representatives and Senate seats in previous elections.

“We have taken cognizance of the tepid efforts but showy claims of the current administration with regards to its attempt to pursue equity and fairness in the distribution of governance offering to the constituent parts of the State; but a sincere inquest indicates that those posturing are largely flaunted and brimming with yawning gaps. Without equivocation, Ogun West deserves a better deal than it is getting at this time.

“It is the observed attempt to harass Ogun West out of genuine gubernatorial contestation in 2023; and unjustifiably so. It is preposterous that this plot is being pushed by some of our people in the district, ostensibly in pursuit of their own self-seeking understanding of what constitutes the best time for Ogun West to produce the Governor. In their clearly erroneous claims, we should jettison the current electoral cycle and wait four more years before venturing again.

“Whereas, in all human formation, be it organizational, socio-political, ethno-religious or cultural, collective aspiration are good to pursue for the purposes of shared prosperity, but then, enlightened self-interest must not be sacrificed; especially when there are deliberate attempts to create narratives that tend to distort history, repudiate our present situation and dangerously limit our capacity to strive for a better future for us and those coming behind us.

“OWGA is today gratified that despite the subterfuge and machinations to deny ourselves yet again, another opportunity have been created both for Ogun West and the State in whole – to have choices before them in the next five months; and among these choices is the Gubernatorial Candidate of the African Democratic Congress (ADC), Barrister Biyi Otegbeye, a veritable and illustrious Son of Ilaro Yewaland.

“The principles of participatory democracy is for the people to have competitive choices to expend their electoral license on and choose a leader who will utilize that given sovereign power to enhance the welfare of the citizenry and create opportunities for them to achieve their potential as a people under God.

“Barrister Biyi Otegbeye, popularly known as “BOT” in the political field comes with an irrefutable historical and family pedigree, sterling educational attainments, enviable professional achievements, and a shining career in the private sector spanning several decades with good records as footnotes.

“Importantly, BOT comes with untainted character, unblemished integrity, and a personification of forthrightness and excellence in all spheres of life. He is also experienced politically and well networked having previously contested for House of Representatives and Senate seats in previous elections; even though the passion to take a shot at the top job has always been expressed since 2011.

“We are also satisfied that though BOT is contesting as a candidate of Yewa-Awori extraction, but he is a pan-Ogun State emancipator and unifier with a weight of responsibility to come and offer credible leadership alternative to the status quo through his suite of programmes that has been dubbed “Building Opportunities for a Better Tomorrow” for all citizens of the state, those that are alive today and the future generation.”

Speaking on the endorsement of Governor Dapo Abiodun’s second term ambition by Olota of Ota, Oba Abdulkabir Obalalenge, and some Awori Obas, Adeniji submitted that, the endorsement was in order, saying the king’s order does not reflect on the franchise of the people.

“We respect the elders, there is never a time that you will not have people rising within the ranks to take up responsibility for issues affecting them.

“No one has a monopoly of representation to speak for the generality of the people of Ogun West. We are equal stakeholders to speak on the interest of Ogun West, but on age, they are our elders and we respect that.

“Our traditional rulers are custodians of our culture, they are fathers of all. No candidate goes to visit the monarchs that have not gotten the blessings of royal fathers, the endorsement given to Dapo is in order, but the order of a king does not reflect on the franchise of the people.

“I can assure you that, they are warm and comforting communication ongoing with the traditional institution in Yewa/Awori land. Otegbeye’s name on the INEC list released yesterday has changed the dynamics of our political thinking cap and elicited joy across Ogun West land. We want to call on our people to rise in 2023 and vote for their son, the only governorship candidate from Ogun West, Barr. Biyi Otegbeye. We cannot wait for another 4 years. Ogun West has a unifier in Biyi Otegbeye,” Adeniji averred.

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