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Tuesday, January 14, 2020

GNI Flies APC Emblems, Says He's Bringing Values, Strength To Party's Table

     • Prince Gboyega Nasir Isiaka


From Heritage Odih, 
Abeokuta

The governorship candidate of the African Democratic Congress (ADC), in Ogun State during the last general elections, Prince Gboyega Nasir Isiaka, on Tuesday formally declared for the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state, assuring that he is bringing both "values  and numerical strength" to the party.

Isiaka who received the APC emblems from the state Chairman of the Ogun APC Caretaker Committee, Yemi Sanusi, signifying his full membership of the party, added that his joining the party meant "adding trusted ideas to governance process,  bringing intellectual competencies that can be useful in diverse areas and  bringing our abiding values of hardwork, integrity and shared prosperity."

The three - time governorship candidate  was received during  a mega rally at the Ake Palace ground,  Abeokuta, the State capital, along with thousands of his followers and  other prominent politicians, including former State PDP Chairman, Joju Fadairo, former PDP member of the House of Representative, Dave Salako, former PDP Board of Trustees (BoT) member, Chief Iyabo Apampa and former Deputy Speaker of the State House of Assembly,  Hon. Ayo Odugbesan.

They were received and presented the APC flag and symbol by the Chairman of the party's Caretaker Committee, Chief Yemi Sanusi, Governor Dapo Abiodun and the SouthWest Zonal Secretary of APC, Ayo Afolabi, who represented the National Chairman of the party, Comrade Adams Oshiomole.

Isiaka noted that his decision to join the APC was hinged on his determination to serve the people.

He said: "The decision to serve was hinged on the urge to contribute to a Life of Abundance in Ogun State utilizing our God-given resources and potentials; ensuring a legacy of growth and development for today, ensuring equity and fairness in the State development stride and secure the future of coming generation."

"Our Movement (Believe Movement) is deeply Progressive in its ideological orientation with focus on progressive program and policies such as human capital development (health and education), good wage policy, a functional and well-funded pension scheme, progressive economic policies, caring for the weak and vulnerable in the society (social welfare) and infrastructural development."

"It is gratifying to note that these same programs constitute the cornerstone of the All Progressive Congress which we have decided to join the ranks of millions of its membership in the State today.

"The outcomes of the last election, despite not going in the manner we envisaged, did not bow our head and; as I have always maintained that once elections are over, governance must take centre stage. It was therefore gratifying when His Excellency, Prince Dapo Abiodun – as a Governor Elect at the time – extended the hand of fellowship to me and our people. Subsequent interaction afterwards were largely to evaluate his intentions and ideas for Ogun State people.

" I am happy to note here that we found alignment of values – which for us is fundamental for any political relationship. I saw in him, a man determined to run governance with sincerity and purpose. Among other shared values also, the Governor believes that the people must be the primary focus of any 
responsible government and that is reflected in his “Building our Future Together’ mantra.

"More importantly, and despite the winner takes all of our politics and system of government, the APC in Ogun state through His Excellency, indicated strong resolve to have an inclusive and open administration that is receptive of other ideas and competencies. 

"Having also followed closely the surefooted and progressive approach to governance in the last seven and half months – which has recorded impressive strides in the areas of human capital development, social security and laying of other beneficial foundations, we have no doubt that we would be doing our dear State a lot of good by joining hands with the ongoing effort and move Ogun State to the next level of her socioeconomic renaissance, particularly in an increasingly bipolar national political landscape.

"Alignments are not new in politics though many of such have been plagued by deficit of clear ideological orientation and sincerity of purpose. The official declaration of our Movement and statewide structure into the APC today is a display of sacrifice, sincerity of purpose, value alignment and willingness to pursue the common good.

"I assure you that in joining the APC today we bring value to the table. We are adding thousands of dedicated members, we are adding trusted ideas to governance process, we are bringing intellectual competencies that can be useful in diverse areas, we are bringing our abiding values of hardwork, integrity and shared prosperity, and we are moving our tested and timeless electoral value to this party.

"All our members have been sufficiently sensitized on their roles and responsibility as party members as they will from this week move into the APC ward meetings and conduct themselves creditably. 

"I urge all members of the party to welcome our people across the State (among which few numbers were accredited as delegates to this ground today) with open arms and work together for the growth of this party and success of the government."

Governor Abiodun in his speech, said the APC in the State does not recognise Hon. Abdukabir Akinlade and his supporters who allegedly joined the party from the Allied Peoples Movement (APM) as members of the APC. 

The Governor described Akinlade and his supporters as usurpers who were  trying to join the party through the "backdoor".

He said that with the defection ADC and PDP bigwigs into Ogun APC,  the State had morphed into a one party Stat.

"Anyone cannot say he is joining us (APC) through the backdoor or through the window, that is illegal. If anyone wants to join us, he will come through the proper channel. This is the only way to join the party, this is the only acceptable way to join the party," Abiodun said.

He urged members of the party to go back to the ward and local government levels to build the party, saying "From now on, we should start building the party from the ward and local government levels. We should go back to our wards and local government and start holding meetings regularly."

"We are all one now under one united party. I want us to work together, I do not want discrimination between anyone in the party. We are going join hands to build our future together. 

"All those that have just joined us today with those of us that have been here before, we are now joining hands to build the future of Ogun State together and with all of us, Ogun State will achieve the greatest heights by the grace of God.

"I want to assure that we are not yet through with the appointment of political office holders. We are aware that you are coming to join us and so we have kept some appointments just for you.

"We still have a lot, and we will ensure that everybody has a sense of belonging and a sense of participation, so please do not worry, we are now one and the same family," the Governor concluded.

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