By: BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
Oyo State Coordinator of the African Democratic Congress (ADC) and former Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Chief Olayiwola Olakojo on Tuesday declared that the party will win the 2019 general elections in the state.
Chief Olakojo said this in Ibadan while speaking shortly after the maiden meeting of the party at a press conference/ inauguration of the party’s 7 man Congress Committee for Oyo state headed by Dr Wasiu Olatunbosun .
The ADC Coordinator pointed out that as far Oyo state is concerned, come 2019, the party will form the ruling government in the state considering its spread, acceptability and the calibre of politicians presently in the party as well as those that are still coming to join ADC in Oyo state
“We are already on ground in Oyo state, the PDP is confused, the APC is confused, there is R-APC. We will use this to campaign. We just want to appeal to you gentlemen of the press to cooperate with us. In Oyo state, PDP, Labour party leaders are coming to join us. Our doors are open. Some of our friends in Labour are already coming to join us.” he said.
Chief Olakojo stressed that as at present, ADC has become a very strong political party in Oyo state and that the party “is doing everything possible to ensure that ADC forms government, takes control of Oyo state” come 2019.
Speaking further, the Oyo state ADC Coordinator said, ” ADC is the only party on ground” in the state and that the party is solidly on ground in and across Oyo state”, saying, “I want to assure you that ADC has come to stay in Oyo state. I want to assure you you that by the special grace of God I want to assure you that ADC will for the next government in Oyo state in 2019.”
Chief Olakojo maintained that ADC as a political party “is for the youths, the women and everybody, adding that the party will allocate 30 percent each to both women and the youths when elected into power in 2019.
He then hinted that the party is to conduct its ward and Local government Congresses on Saturday 4th August and Tuesday 7th August 2018 while its state Congress will come up on Saturday 11th August 2018
“From now till the election, we have started to register our members, all members of the party. Our ward congress is taking place on Saturday 4th August, the local government congress is taking place on Tuesday 7th August and our state congress is on Saturday 11th August 2018. You can see that we are very serious, you can see that we are very serious.
Announcing a seven-man congress committee headed by a former Chairman, Caretaker Committee in Ibadan North West Local Government Area, Hon. Wasiu Olatunbosun to conduct the ADC congresses in Oyo state, Chief Olakojo said, “we have constituted a seven-man congress committee in the state. They are seven in number. They are the one that will conduct the congresses of the party”
Other members of the Committee are Samson Bamidele Ojo, Sade Adeojo, Saheed Alaran, Bayo Sanni and Erelu Funke Olayanju”.
The former SSG who flanked with other leaders of the party among whom were another former Secretary to the state government, Chief Busari Adebisi, Alhaji Isiaka Alimi, Mrs Victoria Adegbuyi, Alhaji Gani Alade, Chief Dokun Alagbe, Alhaji Kayode Adanla, Chief Goke Oyetunji and Reverend Adeniran informed that the party has come to stay in the state.
Speaking after the Committee’s inauguration, the Chairman of the Congress Committee, Dr Wasiu Olatunbosun on behalf of other members promised that the committee will be fair and ensure a level play ground for all and sundry.
He said, “I am pledging our unalloyed loyalty to the party, we will give all aspirants a level playing ground. We will not allow impunity and imposition of candidates”.