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Saturday, May 28, 2022

Ogun West Senate: I'm The Only Contestant, Says Tolu Odebiyi

Senator Tolu Odebiyi (middle)

The Daily Crucible | Saturday, May 28, 2022

By Mariam Adekunle, Abeokkuta

The Senator representing Ogun West Senatorial district in the National Assembly, Tolu Odebiyi, on Saturday afternoon claimed that he is the only person in the race for the All Progressives Congress, APC, ticket ahead of the 2023 general elections.

The Senatorial district primary election for Ogun West holds this afternoon inside Orona Hall, Ilaro, the Headquarters of Yewa South Local Government Area of the State.

Odebiyi who hails from Iboro town in Ogun West, is battling for a return ticket of the APC. He arrived the venue of the primary around 12:48pm with some of his supporters tailing behind, expressing the confidence that he will triumph at the primary.

The Senator made this known while speaking with reporters inside Orona Hall shortly after he arrived the venue.
He noted that each of the two other aspirants - Hon. Abiodun Isiaq Akinlade and three - time governorship candidate in the state, Prince Gboyega Nasiru Isiaka (GNI) had stepped down days earlier to take up House of Representatives tickets respectively.

“All Glory belongs to God. Thank God the primary is here,  I’m the only contestant on ground since my two other  brothers; Gboyega Nosiru Isiaka and Akinlade Abiodun have accepted the House of Representatives slot," he said. 

However, the atmosphere changed around 1:28pm when his main challenger, Senator Olamilekan Solomon Adeola, arrived amid rousing welcome by a crowd of supporters, who bombed him with affections.

The chairman of Senate Committee on Finance, Senator Solomon Adeola(YAYI) whose expression of interest and nomination forms were purchased for him  by  no fewer than 81 people from Ogun West, including octogenarians, expressed the confidence that heeding the calls of his people to return home would bring more blessings to the zone.

Over 293 delegates cutting across five local government areas in Ogun West are expected to cast their votes at the primary where Dr. Dapo Odukoya is chairman of APC Senatorial Primary Committee.

Already the panel or Committee to conduct the Senatorial primary is on ground same for necessary materials, observers, officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and security agents to monitor and supervise the exercise.

In Ogun East comprising nine local government areas, the incumbent Senator Lekan Mustapha is going to shrug it out this afternoon with a frontline contender to the seat and former governor, Otunba Gbenga Daniel.

Unofficial information has it that two paramount rulers, Awujale of Ijebuland and Akarigbo of Remoland have all agreed to cede the senatorial ticket to Remo axis of the Senatorial district, all suggesting that Mustapha will step down for Daniel who ancestral line cuts across Remo and Ijebu.

In Ogun Central, Shuaib Salisu, who is the Chief of Staff to governor Dapo Abiodun, is expected to clinch the APC Senate ticket and hopefully, succeeds Senator Ibikunle Amosun, who is battling to get the presidential ticket of the party.

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