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Thrice governorship candidate in Ogun State and All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftain, Prince Gboyega Nasir Isiaka (GNI) on this interview with MUYIWA ADEYEMI defined why he’s in search of to symbolize Ogun West individuals, often known as Yewa within the Senate and dismissed allegations towards him by Senator Solomon Olamilekan Adeola, representing Lagos West, who can be contesting for Ogun West ticket.

You will have at all times aspired to be governor of Ogun State, why are you contesting for Senate this time?
REPRESENTING your individuals on the Nationwide Meeting remains to be a part of the decision to service and my choice is a mirrored image of the truth on the bottom now. The explanation I used to be aspiring to be governor was to supply myself for service to my state and since if God has blessed a few of us with publicity, data and sure capacities, and we refuse to get into the world of politics, we would depart it to individuals that aren’t so endowed, or these with ulterior goals and the end result shall be there for all to see. 

Politics will not be one thing I needed to do ab-initio; I obtained into it by advantage of being invited in 2004 to serve within the administration of Otunba Gbenga Daniel (OGD), to handle the state’s funding and contribute to the financial administration. After some time, and from the vantage place of my workplace, I realised the inherent challenges of the individuals and the quantum of labor that’s required. Importantly, I noticed first-hand, the worth that may be added to issues of improvement by way of the governance course of; so I knew politics was a veritable technique to contribute to humanity.

Secondly, after realising the developmental hole within the space the place I come from, that’s Yewa within the Ogun West district of the state, regardless of the potential that abounds there, I used to be additional satisfied of the necessity to give it a strive. That knowledgeable my choice to aspire for the governorship seat then. However this time, nonetheless, we at Governor Dapo Abiodun’s staff, imagine he has completed creditably effectively throughout the time and assets accessible to him. He deserves a second time period, which I consent to and absolutely helps.

I then thought to myself that the data I’ve amassed going round the environment severally in all my years of the competition and paired with all of the capacities in me; should not be left dormant. I can nonetheless be of service to my individuals therefore my choice to symbolize my individuals on the Senate by providing people-centred illustration and utilizing that platform to reinforce the dignity of our individuals.

There are a lot of contestants for the Ogun West Senatorial seat. Why is the senatorial contest harder than anticipated this time round particularly inside your social gathering?
That’s the nature of politics and democracy and it’s about capability and numbers. I feel for us in Ogun West, I agree that it’s a tight race, completely different individuals might need a special notion of this, however I can ascribe it to the character and the capability of the aspirants within the race. From the final rely, I feel we’ve three; the incumbent, Senator Tolu Odebiyi who’s in search of a re-election, a three-time Federal Home of Representatives member, Hon. Abiodun Akinlade and my humble self who has been on the gubernatorial poll thrice. Nevertheless, I realized there’s additionally a serving Senator in Lagos, who has performed politics for over 20 years in that state and now desires to maneuver over to Ogun State.

For me, I’ve swum within the ocean of governorship the place I traversed the 236 wards within the state, so I don’t take into account it an issue to take care of 59 wards for the Senate seat. 

Persons are saying the Ogun West matter is a bit difficult as a result of the belief is that whoever will get the Senate seat might have the benefit to succeed Governor Dapo Abiodun in 2027, Is any advantage on this?
Which will seem as an inexpensive assumption however it stays an assumption at greatest. There are many components that decide how every electoral cycle performs out. Many issues will occur between now and 2027. What’s necessary now could be that there’s going to be one senatorial ticket within the 2023 election, and as an individual, I’m all in favour of that specific ticket. I’m doing the whole lot authorized and proper to get the ticket. What occurs sooner or later shall be left within the arms of God. 

One in every of your co-aspirants, Senator Olamilekan Adeola often known as ‘Yayi’ stated he tried severally up to now to work along with you, particularly through the 2019 elections, however you rebuffed his efforts. What shall be your response to this?
That is laughable actually and unlucky additionally. Any individual talked about it to me and what I stated was that perhaps Senator Yayi was quoted out of context as a result of there is no such thing as a manner he would say that to me personally. I don’t assume he can say that to my face given what has transpired. Now we have in occasions previous had communications, facilitated by revered individuals from our district; and for me, I didn’t relate with him on the premise of whether or not he was a real Yewa man or not, that’s left to different individuals to pursue. On good religion and brotherly invitation, I’ve been to his home as soon as, for a Christmas social gathering in late 2014 and to his workplace in Abuja as effectively, however he has by no means visited me at my home or workplace. The closest he has been to me was when he attended the burial ceremony of my mom in Imeko, which lots of people from all around the nation attended.

In 2015, after I was within the PDP and ultimately picked up the gubernatorial ticket of the social gathering, Adeola needed to contest for Senate after which he went again to Lagos afterwards, certainly one of our youthful ones referred to as Gbenga Ekunola approached me that since Yayi appears to be selling Ogun West for Governor, he was going to speak to him to help us within the election. Afterwards, I and Yayi flew collectively to Abuja a type of days; we even sat facet by facet on the flight. He promised heaven and earth that he was going to help me within the curiosity of Ogun West. Gbenga referred to as me later to affirm that Yayi was, certainly, going to help us. After that promise, there was no single dialogue once more and we didn’t get any type of help from him for that election and that’s the reason when individuals speak at the moment that Yayi is selling the reason for Yewa, I shudder and ask them the place was he in 2015 and who did he help?

That election was between me, a Yewa man and an Egba man however he seemed away. The patriotic factor would have been to help the candidate from Yewa, which he didn’t do. He’s reputed to be a person of means however what was his contribution to our trigger in 2015? As for the 2019 election, we obtained speaking once more and fashioned an alliance between each events. We arrange a 20-man staff, ten on all sides, who began figuring out the modalities for the alliance. The staff was assembly and the trouble culminated within the Ogun West Public Dialogue programme, which was held on Could 1, 2018. We pledged to work collectively. I used to be within the ADC whereas he was pursuing his ambition within the APC. It was agreed that whoever obtained his social gathering ticket would get the help of the opposite aspirant. We met as soon as opposite to his assertion that it was thrice after that occasion. We met at Protea Resort in Lagos. One of many closest individuals to me on the time who has now moved over to his facet was at that assembly, and may have the ability, to inform the reality in regards to the dialog.

Afterwards, I reached out severally to him in order that he can honour the spirit of that dialogue and all arms must be on deck for a singular Yewa candidate since he had returned to Lagos once more for a second time. I referred to as him at least 15 to twenty occasions, and on this specific day I obtained him, we agreed on a Lagos assembly and on the stated day, I used to be on the highway from Abeokuta to fulfill him when he all of the sudden referred to as in to say he was heading to a gathering in Abuja! That was how that assembly was botched and all efforts by me and different individuals to succeed in him proved abortive.

The subsequent factor we heard was that he was now supporting the present governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun; whereas, earlier than then, we had been already in high-level discussions with a few of his individuals as a result of there was a foundation for it, which was the Ilaro dialogue. It’s due to this fact surprising after I heard he granted an interview the place he alleged I refused to work with him. A Yoruba Information outlet quoted him saying that I stated “A ti fi Oro le Yayi”. I might by no means say such as a result of I don’t make unguarded statements.  I problem him to call the one who instructed him I stated so. Even when he heard something like that, provided that we had been assembly and had interacted on just a few events, why didn’t he ask me if I made such assertion?

The method is being closely monetised, do you might have the monetary muscle to ship?
To the extent that’s affordable, I’ll say an emphatic sure. Ogun West will not be on the market, so we’re not essentially on the lookout for the best bidder. We’re on the lookout for one of the best man, who will do affordable issues. I’m one of the best individual able to do impactful issues for Ogun West senatorial district. If there’s every other individual that desires to go and purchase individuals and throw monies throughout, the individuals can at the least decipher it and can do the precise factor; however it’s not as if, they’re on the lookout for the best bidder. 

How would you fee your probabilities of securing the APC ticket for Ogun West senate and the way do you assume the social gathering can conduct a suitable main election contemplating the heavyweights concerned. Once more, a co-aspirant claimed that you’ve got by no means been part of the progressive block and you might be simply coming into the APC, saying others have at all times been within the social gathering all alongside. How do you assume this impacts your possibilities?

We’re prepared for any mode of primaries. It will depend on what the social gathering management desires to do. Direct, oblique or consensus, I’m prepared. My solely difficulty with consensus is that we’ve to ensure that the individuals which are going to take a seat down to think about the consensus possibility shall be actually truthful. Now we have been seeing unusual issues in our senatorial district this season. A specific supposed aspirant has been going round to conduct one programme or the opposite and what you see is our leaders and social gathering excos which are speculated to be unbiased and be truthful of their evaluation, going round with this particular person, endorsing him and signing communiqués far and wide. How do we’ve confidence in such a course of if these individuals are to be those to decide on? If you wish to undergo the consensus highway, the query is, what are the factors and who’re the individuals that may make it up, in order that we will all assess the equity of those individuals. For the opposite two modes of primaries, whichever one is taken, we’ll go for it. We’re all working laborious to make sure that we’ve one of the best selections. 

Now, in regards to the progressive block, effectively, identical to my boss, the previous governor of Ogun state Otunba Gbenga Daniel will say, “how precisely do you outline a progressive?” There are two most important events on this nation. There are others round, the one to the precise and others across the one to the left, however on the finish of the day, there are two most important events. By way of crisscrossing, how many individuals each at nationwide and state ranges can you actually say haven’t moved throughout platforms? Perhaps only a few individuals! Sure, I obtained into politics by way of a authorities of PDP. There have been points and our group left the social gathering. From then on, we’ve discovered ourselves on platforms that greatest combination our realities.

Governor Dapo Abiodun contested within the PDP at a time. The one earlier than him, Governor Ibikunle Amosun received the election on the PDP platform at a time and in some unspecified time in the future affiliated with ANPP and CPC earlier than berthing in ACN – now APC. Governor Gbenga Daniel, who’s now within the APC received the election with the PDP after leaving AD; and was with Labour Celebration at a time. Senator Lekan Mustapha contested election with Labour Celebration at a time.

So that’s the nature of our politics. It is probably not very nice, however then it’s our actuality. So if anybody has the luck of being in a state the place one social gathering has been ruling since 1999 and he benefitted from that system, he mustn’t come to brandish it or label others as not being progressive – as if that’s what ensures good governance and efficiency.

Anyone that’s bringing that to the fore now could be taking part in to the gallery. The APC that we’ve at the moment is a conglomeration of new-PDP, ACN, CPC, a part of APGA and different people. What number of of these would you name actually progressive and actually non-progressive. Perhaps someplace down the long run, we’d have the ability to have a line that’s absolutely demarcated.

What’s so particular about what you wish to deliver on board because the Senator representing Ogun West?
The very first thing is the data of the individuals. With all due respect to different contestants within the race, everyone has their strengths and weaknesses and I acknowledge that. Among the many contestants, no one is as near the individuals of Ogun West as I’m. I’ve at all times been right here. Not solely was I born and schooled right here, however I’ve additionally been concerned within the politics of Ogun West since 2004 and by no means left our individuals for a day. So, by way of figuring out the individuals and being nearer to them, I’m the aspirant to beat.

Secondly, I contested for governorship thrice and through that point, I went to the nooks and crannies of all of the 59 wards in Yewa-Awori land at least 4 occasions every. Meaning I do know the individuals and the individuals know me. I perceive their wishes, desires and aspirations. I do know the setting and have studied the developmental hole and know what to do after I get to the Senate by way of facilitating federal authorities (by way of varied MDAs) tasks and initiatives for Ogun West communities. The individuals can relate to me and I can’t abandon them. One of many aspirants, (names withheld) was in one of many areas in Ogun West simply final week. He spoke to the individuals, however couldn’t even wait to take questions from them for some hideous causes; and left there after a couple of minutes. Is that the kind of individual that desires to symbolize the individuals? Thirdly, my ardour for Ogun West didn’t begin from political issues. As a pupil of the College of Ife, now Obafemi Awolowo College, I used to be the President of the then Egbado College students Affiliation. We carried out seminars, profession talks and different initiatives, utilizing our pocket cash to try this. So, the love of the individuals has been there from the onset. It wasn’t politics that introduced us to know our roots or the truth that we’re in search of votes. Now we have at all times identified our roots from day one.

One of many issues I did after I was MD of Gateway Holdings, was, sooner or later we had been going to Ilaro and I learnt we had been going to have an occasion on the Oronna Corridor and I used to be asking if it was the identical Oronna Corridor that I had been listening to about within the Nineteen Seventies after I was nonetheless in secondary faculty. At the moment, I had by no means even developed an curiosity in politics, I used to be managing the investments of the state then, so I requested what if we put a corridor right here, received’t it appeal to funding to the state; and we put a corridor in Ilaro. We needed to make the place a Park — like an amusement park, so there might be some actions occurring there.


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