A Senator representing Ogun State at the National Assembly, Gbenga Obadara, has disclosed his intention to contest the governorship seat of the state in the forthcoming 2015 election.
Mr. Obadara, who stated this to journalists in Abeokuta on Saturday, said he would vie for the position on the platform of the Social Democratic Party, SDP.
“The question was asked where I am, I said I am in SDP,” he said. “I believe I have the right of association and I said though not yet formalized, but we are in the process of doing that.
“You have seen us sensitizing our people about the permanent voters’ card. You’ve seen everything; so, if I start telling lies that does not show responsibility as a leader of people. I’m not going back to the Senate but I’m contesting for the governorship of Ogun State.”
The SDP is the new party of a former Ogun State Governor, Olusegun Osoba, and his supporters, including three senators and some members of the House of Representatives. The politicians quit the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, in Ogun due to what they described as Governor Ibikunle Amosun’s “dictatorial style of governance.”
Mr. Obadara, who is a member of Mr. Osoba’s Matagbamole Group, said he was “eminently qualified” to contest the governorship of the State. He said he was yet to be endorsed by his party to contest the election; and that he’s ready to challenge Mr. Amosun in next year’s election if he emerges the flagbearer.
The governorship aspirant expressed optimism that SDP would do well in next year’s elections in the state. He also denied that he had been endorsed as the SDP candidate by Mr. Osoba.
“At no time did I mention being endorsed by Chief Olusegun Osoba. No, he’s a democrat; he’s our leader, a quintessential person and a man of due process. So, when people are still looking for the membership of the party, it would be foolish for anybody to say that he has been endorsed.”
Speaking on his performance as senator since he was elected to represent Ogun Central, the lawmaker said he executed projects across the six local government areas that make up his constituency.
“We are talking of 96 projects within two budget years. Don’t forget the 2014 budget year is not yet implemented and I’m sure that will be 47 projects. By the time we put everything together in my three budget years, I must have done almost 145 projects. Never has so much been done in the history of Ogun Central. You go to Wasimi, there are projects. Even after I was about to be assassinated in Wasimi, I still went back there to give them a borehole because they were not the ones that aimed at my life.”
He assured the people of the state of an improved standard of living if he’s given the opportunity to serve as their governor in 2015.