I want to empower the youths in Ogun for productivity, improve quality of life of people- NNPP Governorship candidate
Comrade Olufemi Ajadi Oguntoyinbo is the Governorship candidate of the New Nigerian Peoples Party (NNPP) in Ogun State. In this short interview with Chris Uba, Ajadi who is an industrialist and philanthropist promises to address the hydra-headed challenges currently assailing the state. He promises to fix the spate of insecurity ravaging the state while working and the dilapidated infrastructure. He also pledgesto improve the quality of life of the people of the state. Excerpt
The campaign has started , so I want to ask why you want to govern Ogun State.
Thank you so much for the question. You know , from the beginning of the story, I am not the one sending myself. I have said it repeatedly and keep saying it. It is my God that sent me the message to deliver the people of my country, which is Nigeria. That was reason why , initially, I started as a presidential aspirant but later, I stepped down for His Excellency , Dr, Rabiu Kwankwaso to be his running mate. Later on, I was honoured, with the atmosphere of love, and with the way people looked at my political experience and sagacity they urged me and petted me to come and rescue Ogun State to the position that things will begin to work well in the state. That is the reason why I took up the leadership challenge to make sure that Ogun State becomes a beacon of pride; to make sure that the people of Ogun State begin to enjoy what we call dividend of democracy. To make sure that Ogun State is transformed . So, these are some of the reasons I want to contest the election for the office of governorship of the state.
Because, if I am not part of them, I cannot beat them. That is why my God sent me to go and join the political party and that this political party, you wait for some time because they are coming to call you. They will look for you. You don’t go and look for the party yourself. And by the grace of God, I can tell you, they came by themselves to look for me. Today, I am a Governorship candidate in Ogun State under the platform of New Nigerian Peoples Party (NNPP).
In concrete terms, what are those gaps you have seen and which you want to fill when you become the governor of Ogun State?
Thank you. A lot of things look ironical. In the area of development we cannot point out any area of development in the state. Look at the area of civil service, government workers; how much are they being paid? Look at the situation of our roads. What can we say about them? Everywhere ,there is a gap begging for solution. Look at the conditions of our hospitals, maternity homes, and health centres. No one is talking about them. Look at the situation of power (electricity). Very poor. This is not the thing we should be talking about. I have experienced what is called call darkness. Look at this place, that is where I do my business. As I am talking to you now, over two years ago that I stopped using government-generated electricity as a result of frequent power outage. It is very epileptic. Even when power is restored , under one hour it goes off. I am an entrepreneur, I am a manufacturer. How can I succeed under this on-and-off electricity situation? It affects my business activities. Because of this I have to find solution by myself. I decided to generate my electricity (generator) in order to remain in business. It is work for 24 hours to power our activities in the company.
So, if you look into all, it is more or less we are living in an ironical life. In a situation whereby things are not where and how they are supposed to be . Things are just upside-down. These are some of the things that have motivated me to come and change Ogun State for better.
Let me digress a little. What is the level of NNPP acceptance in Ogun State?
As I am talking to you now we are the SECOND FIRST. We are the THIRD-FORCE, because in Ogun State PDP will not come out first in this election. APC has disappointed people. As at yesterday ( ), we repaired some roads for the people of Ogun State. In Obafemi-Owede Local Government. Ibafo specifically. As we were repairing these roads people were happy, jubilation and dancing. They were singing “Ajadi ti wole ; Ajadi to wole”( Ajadi has entered). If this government is doing something good they would not have been looking for Ajadi to come and take the mantle of leadership of the state. They are looking for Ajadi to come over. So, I believe we are taking over by the grace of God. NNPP is taking over.
We learned you visited some of the traditional rulers in the state recently. Why did you have visited them and what was the outcome of the visits?
You know , the traditional rulers , you know are also holding offices. With the office they are holding , they are meant to pray for everyone contesting election or every prominent person within the country. Their duty is just to pray. Not endorsing politicians and political parties. Because it goes against their offices. What politicians go them for is to seek their advice and prayer. That is what I went to the traditional rulers to do.
Are you to Afenifere too?
I have been to Pa Ayo Adebanjo.
Isn’t he also endorsing politicians?
He is not endorsing. What he did was advice and prayer. You most of the journalists do not balance their stories. So, sometimes they quote people out of contest. If you pray with me now, does that mean you endorse me? He is not a politician. I am not sure Pa Adebanjo is a politician. So, I believe he only prays for politicians not that he endorsed anyone. If he endorses someone then the value of that organisation (Afenifere) is becoming low to the extent that endorsing someone. But he can suggest that South-West or South-East has not done it before. He may just suggest. He cannot endorse.
For some time now we have been hearing of insecurity on the Lagos-Ibadan Express and some other parts of Ogun State. How do you intend to resolve this problem if you are the governor of the state in 2023?
By the grace of God my first six months in office, I will make sure there is stability in electricity. I will make I tackle every hidden corners where all these criminals, kidnappers and armed robbers are hiding. We will expose all their hiding places. Because, once there is electricity we make sure that all our roads and borders are covered with CCTV cameras. We will have station rooms for the youths who will come on board to monitor every affairs or activities on our roads, on our corner, on our borders on a daily bases. So , by these, we will be able to track the hideouts of criminals in the state. By the time will bring the youths on board, it will also be youths employment. Our government will provide a congenial environment for youth empowerment. They will be part of the coming governor. We will orientate them towards understanding the need for patriotism to their country or society. Because if you bring them on board you not see anyone lasing about any longer. They have brain. Their brain is into Information and Communication Technology (ICT). And we are going to engage them to utilise that skill. Mobilisation of the youth for the good of the country is my primary assignment. I will change the narrative by the grace of God.