AHEAD of the forthcoming general elections, the All Progressives Congress, (APC) in Ido Local Government Area of Oyo State on Thursday unanimously agreed to present a consensus candidate for Ido/Ibarapa East Federal Constituency.
The federal constituency which consists Ido and Ibarapa East Local Governments has been enjoying rotation of power based on political tradition until 2015 when people from Ibarapa East held sway to have undue advantage over their Ido counterpart.
Dropping this hint at the inauguration of the executive members of ‘One Voice’, a socio – political group in the Oyo APC comprising of youths from both councils, held at Ido Local Government Secretariat, the overall party leader in the council, Alhaji Kamorudeen Ajisafe said the council will support, only a consensus candidate with an experience, intimidating profile, good track records, sellable and vibrant who will represent the constituency well to emerge as candidate in the forthcoming primary election.
Speaking further, Ajisafe said, ” Ibarapa East Local Government has been in the helms of affair in the last 12 years. This is a political turn-taking between the two councils irrespective of any political affiliation as a tradition and it has been helping us to maintain a peaceful political order.
“This tradition has really encouraged the principles of trust, respect for fairness, equity, and justice as well as ensuring balancing of power. From 1999-2007, Hon. Sadiq Sanusi Anwo, a PDP from Ido Local Government occupied the seat, after which the former occupant, Hon. Yemi Taiwo, also a PDP member from Ibarapa took over in 2007-2011. Then, the present occupant, Hon. Sunday Adepoju who lost to Hon. Yemi Taiwo in 2007 under Action Congress (AC) won the election in 2011 having contested under the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), and repeated same victory in 2015 (All Progressives Congress, APC).
“Having breached the existing zoning arrangement and tradition, what we are saying now is that this is our turn in Ido Local Government, we are ready to take it back and we assure you of presenting a credible, tested and trusted candidate.
“Ibarapas are good people, they are our neighbour and it is important we maintain the existing relationship, especially at this critical period and the future”, the APC chieftain added.
Also, corroborating him, another leader from the council, Pa Olayiwola Lakundoro who noted that the youths are fighting for their right, however cautioned them not to derail from their core objective. He, therefore sought for cordial relationship between the group and the party.
In their separate remarks, the group coordinators in Ido and Ibarapa East Local Governments, Alhaji Suhab Ademola and Hon. Dele Odetunde explained that ‘One Voice’ emerged mainly to mobilize the youths for effective participation in politics as 2019 general election looms.
While appealing to the leaders in both councils to present credible candidates for the forthcoming elections, they promised to work together towards reclaiming the council’s right so as to sustain the existing relationship between the duo.
Also speaking at the event, the chief promoter of ‘One Voice’, Mr. Alabi Ibrahim who described the event as a landmark achievement said, “we, the youth, from Ido and Ibarapa East Local Governments gathered here for an inter-party dialogue on advancing our participation in elections. We are here mainly to chart a common goal, chart path on generation leadership shift and ready to work with our leaders”.
The event had in attendance, the state Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Professor Adeniyi Olowofela, Comrade Remi Olajire, Elder Adelabu, among others.
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