There is confusion in Ogun State following the widespread rumor that Senator Olamilekan Adeola is considering relocating from Lagos to run for the Ogun Governorate election in 2023, reports the DAILY POST.
Adeola currently represents the Senate District of Lagos West in the Upper House of the National Assembly, a position he has held since 2015.
In 2023, the accountant-turned-politician would have spent 20 years as a lawmaker representing Lagos in the State Assembly House, House of Representatives and Senate.
DAILY POST reports that Senator Olamilekan Adeola, affectionately known as Yayi, has been a lawmaker for 18 years.
Yayi spent eight years as a member of the Lagos State Assembly House, representing the Alimosho 2 State Constituency, from 2003 to 2011.
From 2011 to 2015, he was a member of the House of Representatives, to represent the federal constituency of Alimosho.
He contested and became the Senator for Lagos West from 2015 to 2019. He contested again in 2019 and returned to the Senate.
But with all this, the lawmaker does not seem satisfied as he is determined to “carry” from Lagos to Ogun.
In 2015, his aspiration to become an Ogun West senator failed, forcing him to move to Lagos West for the Senate ticket.
He returned ahead of the 2019 election for an ambition as governor in Ogun state, gaining more supporters with his ‘unrepentant’ spending style.
However, his ambition to run for governor of Ogun State in 2019 was thwarted by the former Governor of Ogun State, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, who was not convinced that Adeola was a native of Ogun State as it was claimed.
To this day, the Senator’s actual state of origin remains a matter of controversy among the Ogun natives, as many have yet to accept that he is from Pahayi in Ilaro, as they have been led to believe.
DAILY POST reliably concluded that Yayi is currently striving to afford a soft landing in Ogun State by 2023.
With Prince Dapo Abiodun as governor, Adeola believes the coast is now free for his return to Ogun State politics after many years representing the people of Lagos as lawmakers.
“The political permutation is that Adeola would run as a Senator in 2023 and as Governor of the Gateway State in 2027.
“To gain support, the Senator from Lagos West hired infantry, mobilizing people for his senatorial ambition in Ogun State.
“He managed to turn away many followers of Gboyega Isiaka and some politicians from Ogun”, confirmed an internal source to our correspondent.
It has been learned that part of the strategies to win the hearts of the natives of Ogun West is the sponsorship of a bill for the modernization of the Federal Polytechnic of Ilaro into a university of science and technology.
Besides the people he takes care of monthly bills, Adeola is said to have recently presented a transformer and the sum of 10 million naira for the laying of cables to electrify the College of Agricultural Sciences, Olabisi Onabanjo University, Aiyetoro Campus.
As of now, DAILY POST is reporting that the Adeola devotees in Ogun State have launched a slogan known as “West2West,” describing how the Senator, in their expectations, would go from being a representative of Lagos West to Ogun West in 2023.
But, a spokesperson for the senator, Kayode Odunaro, told the DAILY POST in an interview that Adeola had not declared an interest in the Ogun West senatorial race.
When asked if it was true that Adeola would be moving from Lagos West to compete at Ogun West in 2023, Odunaro retorted, “I have no comment on this because I don’t know. It is his personal decision and I have no idea whether he made that decision.
Regarding his efforts to ensure the transformation of Ilaro Polytechnic into a university, Odunaro said: “Ilaro Polytechnic is a Federal Polytechnic and he is a Federal Senator. He can pursue any policy in any federal institution, perhaps at the University of Abuja. He is a Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Reacting to rumors that his donations were primarily intended to curry favor with the 2023 election, Odunaro explained, “Yayi is a human being, he can donate to the church or to individuals. If a Hausa man comes to see him and gives him 1m N out of his pocket, does that mean he plans to compete in Kano? People know Yayi as a donor, if he gives to communities that need something, if anyone wants to criticize him about it, let them criticize him because he is good.
The spokesperson confirmed that West2West is a slogan invented by Yayi supporters in Ogun State.
“If they say west to west, that’s a concept and an idea. When the time is right, let’s see how it goes. But if you ask me if he’s coming to Ogun West to dispute, no comment on that yet. I have no information on this at the moment.
“But, he’s a Yoruba politician. A politician from the Southwest. The interest of the South West is therefore paramount in his heart. If Lagos West, if Ogun West, if Osun West; From west to west, ”submitted Odunaro.
Our correspondent reports that Adeola’s political tour of Ogun State has caused “ripples” among politicians, especially those of Ogun West origin.
Many are not happy that the Lagos politician wields a lot of influence in Dapo Abiodun’s government, as they lament that anyone who seeks favor in the government or in the Ogun chapter of All Progressives Congress (APC) must swear loyalty to his group.
They expressed concern that a significant number of Abiodun’s cabinet members are his loyalists, questioning whether the governor has his own political structure.
“I just want to advise Governor Abiodun to build a structure for himself instead of relying on Yayi’s supporters. He could blame himself if things go wrong between them, ”an APC member told DAILY POST anonymously.
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