A political group within the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ogun state, West-2-West for DA Movement, on Wednesday, presented a senatorial expression of interest and nomination form, to the senator representing Lagos West, Solomon Olamilekan Adeola, otherwise known as Yayi.
The presentation of the form which took place at the Ilaro country home of Senator Adeola, was witnessed by leaders of the APC in Ogun West Senatorial District, including former Chairman, Ogun-Oshun River Basin Development Authority, Mrs. Iyabo Matilda Apampa, former Chairman of Ogun State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), Muftau Ajibola, chairman, Ogun State House of Assembly Service Commission, Waliu Taiwo, Commissioner for Budget and Planning, Olaoluwa Olabimtan.
Other Ogun West APC chieftains at the event are former chairman of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) in Ogun State, Olu Agemo, Bisiriyu Popoola, former Commissioner for Cooperatives and Community Development, Samule Aiyedogbon, APC senatorial chairman, Muhammed Azeez, House of Assembly members and local government chairmen.
In his address, the chairman of West-2-West for DA Movement, Dr. Ishiaq Salako, explained that the group decided to purchase the nomination form for Adeola to show their support for his aspiration to represent Ogun West in the Senate come 2023.
He said that the 71 members of the Movement levied themselves and raised the N20m with the view to encourage the senator in his political aspiration to represent the senatorial district.
Salako, however, disclosed that the Movement would embark on a door-to-door campaign to ensure that Adeola emerges as the senatorial candidate and the eventual winner at the general elections.
In their respective remarks, Commissioner for Budget and Planning, Olaoluwa Olabimtan, House of Assembly member representing Yewa South, Mrs. Bolanle Ajayi, Chairman, Yewa North Local Government Area, Gabriel Ogunyomi and Mrs. Apampa, said the gesture was to show the aspirant that Ogun West people sincerely wanted him to represent them at the Red Chamber.
They declared that Adeola would give the senatorial district a quality representation and help in bridging the gap of infrastructure deficit in Ogun West.
Responding, Senator Adeola, said he was more than happy to receive the form, thanking the people for the show of love and support.
He recalled how he was met with hostility by the immediate past administration in the state when he tried to return to Ogun West, noting a lot of campaigns of calumny were sponsored against him.
Adeola, who declared that he was overwhelmed by the gesture of West-2-West for DA Movement, however, thanked the APC chieftains for the warm reception he received when he recently toured the five LGAs that make up Ogun West.
Adeola maintained that it was tough for him to make the final decision to return home, saying the gesture would forever be cherished.
“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”, the senator stated.
He reiterated his support for the administration of the incumbent administration of Governor Dapo Abiodun, submitting that he would mobilise resources and people to ensure the governor is elected for another four years.