2023: YAYI Moved To Tears As Octogenarian, 70 Others Present N20m APC Form To Him - THE DAILY CRUCIBLE



Wednesday, May 4, 2022

2023: YAYI Moved To Tears As Octogenarian, 70 Others Present N20m APC Form To Him


The Daily Crucible | Wednesday, May 4, 2022

By Mariam Adekunle, Abeokuta

Senator Solomon Olamilekan Adeola on Wednesday was moved to tears and sobbed when told that an octogenarian and 70 other indigenes of Ogun West Senatorial district of Ogun State pooled their resources together to purchase the All Progressives Congress(APC) expression of interest and nomination forms for him.

The Octogenarian and 70 others which cut across public servants, politicians, professional group among others took the decision to obtain the form from APC National Secretariat, Abuja within 48 hours under the aegis of West2West4DA group.

The N20m APC form for the Senate seat was  presented to Adeola, the Senate  Committee chairman on Finance, in his country home at Ilaro in Yewa South Local Government Area of Ogun state.

The emotion - laden moment was witnessed by scores of APC leaders and members in the district, including the State Commissioner for Budget and Planning, Mr. Olaolu Olabimtan; the former chairman of State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), Alhaji Muftau Ajibola; former chairperson  of Ogun - Oshun Rivers Basin Development Authority (OORBDA), Chief (Mrs) Iyabo Apampa and Chairman of Ogun State House of Assembly Service Commission, Hon. Waliu Taiwo.

The Daily Crucible  reports that the group had in March and April this year after series of rallies across the five local government areas of Ogun West, called on the Senator representing Lagos West(Adeola popularly called YAYI) to return home and run for the Ogun West Senatorial district seat in 2023.

The chairmen of the group, Dr. Iziaq Salako, in his address, said the gesture was a demonstration of the group's full commitment to the project and a clear signal that it is not about Senator Adeola but the collective interest of Ogun West, lauding the Aremo of Yewaland (Chief Adeola) for heeding to the call of leaders in the district to contest for the senatorial seat in 2023.

Salako said, "Today, Wednesday 4th of May, we are here gathered to further the agenda of W2W4DA Movement with respect to the senatorial seat of Ogun West from June 2023 by presenting these forms to Senator Adeola. 

"This action is to further demonstrate our full commitment to the agenda and to send clear signal that it's not about YAYI but about our collective interest.

"We strongly believe that Senator Adeola is a great asset that should be tapped by Ogun West for enhanced socio-economic and political development of the district hence our actions."

He assured that the West2West4DA group Salako would engage in a door-to-door mobilisation exercise  to ensure that Adeola emerges as the senatorial candidate of APC and the eventual winner at the general elections.

Responding, Senator noted that it was tough leaving Lagos for home finally to seek elective office in answers to his peoples' calls, saying even the AP National leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, was intially reluctant to let him go.

Adeola who said he was "overwhelmed" by the group's action, added the paramount ruler of Yewaland, Oba Kehinde Olugbenle and traditional rulers in the zone lend their voice to the request his people to return home before Asiwaju Tinubu could consent.

He said the gesture would forever be cherished, assuring his support for the administration of Governor Dapo Abiodun, saying that he would mobilise resources and people to ensure that the governor is re-elected in 2023.

"In all my years of contesting elections for close to 20 years now, this is the first time I'm getting this kind of gesture, and to say the little, I'm very happy. I am overwhelmed. I am short of words. I have served in Lagos, I tell you, nobody or group did what you have done. I am surprised and this will take me a few weeks to overcome. From the point of filling this form to the point of submission, it will be at the back of my mind that my people purchased this expression of interest and nomination form for me. I sincerely appreciate you and promise that I will not take your support for granted," Adeola said.

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