The Ogun State House of Representatives primaries, which held recently were marred with irregularities and imposition of candidates. In some cases, some frontline contenders were forced to withdraw from the race by Governor Ibikunle Amosun. While monitoring the primaries at Omidokun Hall in Ayetoro, Ogun State, a member and chieftain of the All Progressive Congress (APC) from Yewa North and Imeko-Afon Federal Constituency told newsmen in confidence that the primaries were not held in the constituency, but that it was imposition of candidates all the way. He said Yewa North and Imeko-Afon delegates had been disenfranchised from choosing the candidate of their choice who they believe would deliver the dividend of democracy to the area. He said the most loved and acceptable candidate of the people was Alhaji Isiaq Abass a.k.a Zacobass. But alas Zacobass was forced to step down.
“Mr. Kayode Oladele who was imposed by Governor Amosun was nowhere to be found when Zacobass was empowering the people of Ayetoro, particularly his constituency during his electioneering campaign. It was a big surprise then when Kayode Oladele came into the picture only two weeks to the election”. Oladele, said to be the Chief of Staff to the EFCC Chairman and who hails from Imeko Afon, is never close to the grassroots,” the APC chieftain said. He also alleged that Oladele had not made any significant impact or recorded any achievement in Ayetoro, his immediate constituency.
“Political emancipation remains the only liberating factor in world history; unfortunately our political leaders have jettisoned the great liberating factor for immediate selfish gains, self aggrandisement, individual sentiments and chase for power,” he stated. Politics is not about imposition. Integrity and conscience are very essential factors, he said, adding that the way Governor Amosun is toying with Yewa’s chances is a calculated attempt to jeopardize and destroy Yewaland.
Alhaji Abass himself said he was forced to step down for Oladele, adding that the delegates and the people had been disenfranchised over their right to choose the candidate of their choice, which is not good for democracy. “I was not given any money to step down; I picked the ticket to serve my people. But I want to assure you today in the name of Allah and the holy Quran, that I promise to work together with any candidate that might emerge from the primary election,” Abass said. In the end, Oladele emerged the APC candidate representing Yewa North and Imeko-Afon Federal Constituency unopposed after the people’s choice Alhaji Abass aka Zacobass pulled out of the race.