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2023: Why I Won’t Back Governor Abiodun’s Re-election Bid, Says Lawmaker

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A member of the Ogun State House of Assembly, Hon. Dare Kadiri, yesterday declared that despite being a member of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, he will not support the reelection bid of Governor Dapo Abiodun in 2023.

He spoke on Sunday when the state Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, governorship candidate, Oladipupo Adebutu, visited him.

Kadiri received Adebutu at his residence in Ago-Iwoye, Ijebu North Local Government Area of the state.

Kadiri who is representing Ijebu North II State Constituency, was the Deputy Speaker of the House of Assembly until he was impeached in March 2021 over alleged gross misconduct.

While speaking during the visit, the lawmaker said his opposition to Governor Abiodun’s reelection was in the best interest of his constituency.

He explained that though he remained in the APC, he would partner with any candidate among opposition parties that is sincerely prepared to engender good governance and accommodate the collective interests of his people.

He claimed that despite working for the emergence of the incumbent governor, his constituency has been marginalised in terms of political appointments, projects and other dividends of democracy.

Kadiri also berated Abiodun over alleged failure to properly handle the crisis rocking the state chapter of APC, noting that a lot of party members were currently disgruntled and disaffected by the governor’s leadership style.

He said: “The main concern of everybody is about the progress of Ogun State and to have a better and much desired Ogun State.

“The consideration should not be about party but about credible personality like what we have in Ladi Adebutu.

“This is a person that is not controversial.

“His certificate is not controversial.

“He was never involved in any scandal.

“Anybody that is hiding something will have a lot of things to cover up.

“I will not support Governor Dapo.

“I have seen and read a lot of things on the social media that we are decamping.

“No, we are not decamping.

“Concerning the issue on ground, the party doesn’t really matter now.

“We want to look at personality because this is about the collective interest of Ogun State.”

On his part, Adebutu said people of the state have another opportunity in 2023 to correct the mistake they made in electing the Abiodun-led administration in 2019.

Adebutu, who was accompanied by some PDP chieftains, stormed the lawmaker’s residence to woo him and his supporters ahead of next year’s gubernatorial election in the state.

The PDP candidate contended that Governor Abiodun had performed poorly and lowered the bar of governance over the last three years, stressing that well-meaning people across party lines must work together to rescue the state from his maladministration.

He accused Abiodun of abandoning township and rural roads across the state, adding that grassroots development had also suffered severely under his administration.

Adebutu said: “In the area of security, our governor has failed.

“In education, he has failed.

“In agriculture, he has failed.

“Name any sector.

“The only thing he has done is to rehabilitate federal roads because he would get refunds.

“There is nothing wrong for somebody to make a mistake.

“But if one makes a mistake, one should be ready to correct it.

“This is a golden opportunity to correct our mistakes.

“The people of Ogun State must correct their mistakes and elect a new governor in 2023.”

The governorship candidate noted that when the electioneering campaign begins, his party would roll out the poor scorecard of the APC administration.

Those in his entourage included a former Deputy Speaker, Hon. Tola Banjo;

former Commissioner for Community Development, Prince Lekan Tejuoso; former Sagamu Local Government Area Chairman, Hon. Daisi Akintan; Alhaji Tele Ogunjobi; Barrister Bola Kalejaye; Prince Akin Onalaja; and Hon. Bola Oluwole.

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