- The Ogun West Elders Forum has chosen their preferred candidate for the state governorship election in 2019
- The forum anointed the aspiration of Honourable Adekunle Akinlade, a House of Representatives member
- Akinlade is a member of the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) in the state
The Ogun West Elders Forum has endorsed the aspiration of Honourable Adekunle Akinlade and endorsed him as their governorship candidate on the platform of the APC in the 2019 general elections.
Mohammed Olagbayi made the announcement on behalf of the forum on Wednesday, September 5, after a closed-door meeting which lasted for hours at the residence of the late Poju Adeyemi in the state.
Akinlade, popularly known as Triple-A, was picked to succeed Governor Ibikunle Amosun in the presence of party executives, elders, and other aspirants in the zone, Channels TV reports.
Speaking after the announcement, an aspirant and the speaker of Ogun state House of Assembly, Suraj Adekunmbi, commended the leadership of the senatorial district for doing a good job at reaching a consensus.
He also congratulated Akinlade on his victory and assured him of the support of all, stressing that he can rely on their unflinching backing.
Another party member, Dapo Oke, said he was happy to see Akinlade emerge as the ‘chosen one’ and appreciated other aspirants for being part of the history.
One of the aspirants, Kola Bajomo, explained: “We the aspirants came together, and we unanimously chose and agreed on the choice of Honourable Akinlade.”
In his response, Akindele thanked the party leaders and other aspirants, saying it was a project and vision for all. He also assured them and other members of the party of an all-inclusive relationship.
Akinlade currently represents Egbado South and Ipokia federal constituency at the National Assembly in Abuja. He is a taxation expert and holds a Bachelor of Science in political science from the Lagos State University.
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Meanwhile, Governor Ibikunle Amosun has declared his intention to contest to represent Ogun Central senatorial district at the Senate.
The governor disclosed this at the state executive council meeting of the APC held at at a hotel on Abeokuta, the state capital.
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