The governor of Ogun State, Prince Dapo Abiodun
declared his intention to run for a second term in office alongside his deputy, Engr. Noimot Salako Oyedele.
The governor made the declaration presentation of my nomination form by the DA Mandate Group to him.
The DA Mandate Group, led by Apagun Biyi Adeleye, had raised funds for the purchase of Expression of Interest and Nomination forms for my second term bid.
Speaking at the event, the governor said: “With the support of the good citizens and residents of our dear state, we must sustain the #BuildingOurFutureTogether agenda by doing all that is reasonably within our reach towards ensuring that we provide focused and qualitative governance for everyone.”
The governor has recently been in the news following allegations that he was convicted for an offence in the United States of America in 1986.
The leadership of his party, the All Progressives Congress receives a petition which seeks to disqualify him from participating in the forthcoming governorship primaries.
The petition alleges that there are discrepancies in his Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Forms CF001 submitted in 2015 and 2019.
The 12th April petition also alleges that the governor was convicted for an offence in 1986.
The petitioners add that he bears Shawn Michael Davis in addition to Dapo Abiodun.
But the governor, in a letter to the APC National Chairman, Abdullahi Adamu, through his lawyers Afe Babalola & Co, urged the party to disregard the petition.
The law firm, in a 19th April letter to Adamu, described the petition as full of spurious and unfounded allegations meant to mislead the party into disqualifying the governor from participating in the 2023 gubernatorial election.
The law chamber said that the petition was not served on the governor, which “was a deliberate move to deprive him of the opportunity to set the records straight and knowing full well that the petition was characterised by falsehood and malice”.
Abiodun claimed the petition was nothing more than the machinations of political jobbers and saboteurs sponsored by desperate opposition elements to disrupt the peaceful political atmosphere in Ogun, spread rumours/propaganda about him and mislead the APC.
He said the petitioner relied on “hearsays”, urging Senator Adamu and APC national leadership to disregard them.