Sunday, 4th June 2023

ADC set to dethrone Osun APC, deploys 90-man campaign committee

In its avowed determination to wrest power from the incumbent All Progressives Congress in the Osun State gubernatorial poll scheduled for September 22, 2018...

National Secretary, African Democratic Congress (ADC), Alhaji Said B. Abdullahi, (l); National Chairman, Chief Ralphs Nwosu; party leader, ADC Oyo State, Senator Olufemi Lanlehin; and ADC gubernatorial asspirant, Ogun State, Otunba Gboyega Isiaka, at the first quarterly ADC/Media Roundtable, in Lagos … on Wednesday.

• Boasts of five million card-carrying members
In its avowed determination to wrest power from the incumbent All Progressives Congress in the Osun State gubernatorial poll scheduled for September 22, 2018, the African Democratic Congress (ADC) has named a 90-man Electoral Campaign Committee.

ADC national chairman, Chief Ralphs Nwosu, who announced this during its first quarterly Media Roundtable in Lagos yesterday, also disclosed that the party now has five million card carrying members, with prospects of more members waiting to register.

He said the Osun campaign committee is to be led by Senator Abdul-Azeez Nyako, representing Adamawa Central senatorial district, chairman of the Coalition of United Political Parties, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola, and former governor of Oyo State, Senator Rasheed Ladoja.

Other members., include, Senator Monsurat Sunmonu, representing Oyo Central Senatorial District, ADC’s national coordinator, Electoral Matters and INEC Liaison, Chief Anayo Arinze; National Publicity Secretary, Mrs. Yemi Kolapo, Chairman, ADC, Ogun State, Dr. Gbolade Osinowo; 15 governorship aspirants, 11 House of Representatives members, 10 state chairmen among other political heavyweights.

Nwosu declared: “We are confident of victory in the landmark election because, the leaders of the committee have defined a paradigm shift in the fortunes of the key Southwest state, which has suffered untold deprivation and stagnation under the outgoing APC regime of Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola.
“We took our time to select our governorship candidate, Alhaji Fatai Akinbade and his running mate, Rtd. Justice Folahanmi Oloyede, who sacrificed her career for the masses when she criticised Governor Aregbesola for alleged failure to pay workers’ salaries and pensions.”

Nwosu maintained that the candidates represent the only clear choice for a new direction in Osun, lamenting the dashed hopes by successive regimes, marked by uncompleted projects, massive corruption, failed investments and untold hardships for civil servants and private businesses.

“The massive ADC campaign train will visit all the local government councils and wards in the state on Saturday to assure the larger percentage of the disgruntled electorate that there is little doubt that their fortunes would only fare worse under the dubious ‘continuity of failure’ agenda of the APC, to its fold,” he said.

He noted that Akingbade himself was an insider in the Aregbesola administration, but opted out due to the unprecedented hypocrisy that had characterised the APC administration, assuring that guber candidate is loved by the people of the state due to “his masses-oriented philosophy, which include volunteerism, integrity, and endearing humanity.

“Our party is pleased to present a leader, an accomplished public servant, and a man always at home with his people. Alhaji Fatal Akinbade perfectly fits the bill to rescue the state from the selfish proxy war of politicians based outside the state. With his running mate, Rtd Justice Folahanmi Oloyede, who lost her job fighting for the masses, beside him, the good people of Osun should be confident of good governance.
“Judging from the candidates being paraded by other parties in the coming election in the state, we can readily beat our chest that we shall coast home to victory at the Osun gubernatorial polls because Akinbade stands a shoulder above all of them,” he added.

While charging the Osun electorate to make the right choice for their future, Nwosu stated: “Indeed, we consider it the height of insult to the good people of Osun State for the APC governorship candidate, Mr. Isiaka Gboyega Oyetola to say he wants to continue with the sundry iniquities visited on our dear state.

“Are we to continue with the state debt that increased from N8billion to N310 billion under APC, or is it the N8.6billion spent on failed Opon-Imo project awarded to the governor’s son, not to talk of billions wasted on a bogus airport project or Dagbolu market that remains a wasteland?

“Where is the Igi-Iye project? We heard of, O-this, O-that, yet even bona fide state workers have not enjoyed their pay and pensions under APC. To confirm their fraudulent nature, we are now told that N19bn has been released to clear salary arrears just a month to the election simply because of a secret release of Paris Club money to this government. Meanwhile, hundreds of pensioners have died waiting for their dues denied by this same set of hypocrites. Are Osun people fools? Certainly not.”