APC Primaries: We'd Serious Ones & Obvious Comedians Among Contestants - Abiodun - THE DAILY CRUCIBLE

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APC Primaries: We'd Serious Ones & Obvious Comedians Among Contestants - Abiodun

••• Governor Promises To Compensate Losers

           •Abiodun


The Daily Crucible | Sunday, May 29, 2022

Ogun State governor, Dapo Abiodun, has appealed to those who lost in the recent All Progressives Congress (APC) primary elections held across the state to remain calm and take the outcome of the elections in good spirit.

At the governorship primary of the party in the state held last Thursday, Abiodun emerged winner in a political race requiring all seriousness from every contestant but which was glaringly missing in some of them.

Abiodun polled 1,168 votes to defeat five other contestants for the APC ticket with each of them scoring zero vote.

The defeated five aspirants were Hon. Adekunle Akinlade, Modele Sarafa - Yusuf, Chief Remilekun Bakare, Arc. Owodunni Opayemi and Biyi Otegbeye. They were physically absent but sent in agents to represent them.

A total of 1,180 delegates from 236 wards spreads across the State's 20 Local Government Areas were accredited for the primary. A total of 1,170 votes were cast, 1,168 declared valid while two votes were treated as void.

Hon. Wale Ohu, the chairman of the 5 - man APC Governorship Primary Committee in Ogun State, in announcing governor Abiodun winner, said of him, "having scored the highest valid votes, he (Abiodun) is hereby declared winner and Governorship candidate of the APC in Ogun State for 2023 Governorship election."

But speaking on Sunday at the Presidential Lodge, Abeokuta, while addressing members of the state executive committee of the party, secretariat staff and some party faithful, to commemorate his 62 birthday and third year in office, 
Abiodun said the losers would be compensated.

He promised that they would be duly compensated for their show of sportsmanship. He also acknowledged their resilience.

The governor, who recalled his experiences while seeking political office, said he had contested several elections and lost, explaininh that as far as the recent primary elections were concerned, there are no winners or losers.

"We had about 180 people who aspired to go to the House of Assembly, 80 aspired to go to the House of Representatives and I am not even sure of the number of those who wanted to go to the Senate. Of course, out of those who contested, we had those who were serious and those who were obviously comedians.

"I am not an emperor by any chance and this is not my family inheritance. I am holding this position in trust for all the people of this state and I have vowed to be fair, just and equitable and this is my solemn agreement I made between the Almighty God and myself.

"To that extent, I have tried in every way to find a consensus around those to be chosen. I ensured that I consulted the party leadership because this is a democracy. In some instances, the person I actually wanted has not emerged and in some instances, they have, but all of us would not emerge. Regardless of that, I want us to see ourselves as winners and I can assure you that you will be well taken care of", the governor said.

He, however, appreciated the people for their support and prayers, saying "I have tried with all sense of humility knowing fully well that it is by the grace of God and the collective will of all of you that I am standing here and I will not take it for granted".

Abiodun, while also acknowledging the contributions of the state
executive members and his staff, he urged them not to relent, but work harder to  ensure that the state is well positioned just as he observed that the current administration conducted the most transparent and fairest governorship primary election in the history of the state

The governor said the day of the governorship primary election was triple celebrations as the current administration clocked three years in office and coincided with his sixty two years birthday.

He stressed that those who have supported the party in getting to its present position needs to be appreciated, while those that have lost their lives  should also all be remembered.

Abiodun assured that his government would continue to prioritize the welfare of the people by ensuring that programmes and policies are people-oriented.

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