Ogun LG elections: Abiodun says no automatic ticket for women - NIGERIAN NEWSORBIT


Thursday, May 6, 2021

Ogun LG elections: Abiodun says no automatic ticket for women

Gov Dapo Abiodun

Our Correspondent

As Ogun State Independent Electoral Commission (OGSIEC) boss, Mr Babatunde Osibodu announced the kick off of campaign for the local government elections in the state, Gov Dapo Abiodun urged women who wants to participate in the LG elections to be ready to slug it out with their male counterparts as none of them would be given the ticket to run for "being a woman"

This is just as Gov Abiodun also promised not to reverse the recently signed new minimum wage or slash workers salaries despite the economic crunch being faced by the country.

The governor made this known during the breaking of fast (Iftar) with the leaders of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state, on Wednesday evening, in Abeokuta, the state capital

On the LG elections, Abiodun informed the party leaders that he would not share political positions among men and women who are party faithful during the elections but would rather promote equal participation, noting that leaders of the ruling party in the state must show that they are products of democracy.

"We must be consistent; we must show that we have learnt from other people's lessons and we that are a product of democracy. We had done primaries when somebody else did not want primaries, we subjected ourselves to the party process, we evolved through that process which was later confirmed by the general elections despite all odds. Let us make sure that whatever process we adopt is democratic,we must be seen as true progressive democrats.

"When it comes to a process like this, what we need to do is to encourage our women to participate, to come forward and participate, we will vote for them, but we are not going to share it and say because you are a woman, you take this. No, that will be undemocratic. We are not going to do that, there will be fairness," he stated.

The governor promised that the local government elections slated for July 24, would be free, fair, transparent and not be skewed in favour of the ruling party.

Recalled that the Federal Government had on Tuesday declared that it would slash workers salaries and merge agencies to cope with the dwindling economic situation in the country.

Abiodun has however vowed that his government would not slash salaries of its workforce, rather, his administration would continue to be creative in its bid to make the state economically viable and financially strong

On the issue of insecurity, the governor disclosed that his administration would soon  relaunch the OPMESA,  which according to him was recently resuscitated after years of neglect by the immediate past administration in the state.

He added that any act of insecurity would be viewed as a sabotage against its government's plans to grow the economy of the state.

"We are taking the issue of security very seriously, be assured that we are doing everything we can, being the industrial hub of this country. Any act of insecurity is a sabotage against our plans to make our state very viable economically, we are going to fight it with everything, we are going to protect it with everything we have.

"We have resuscitated OPMESA. We are going to launch it maybe in the next two weeks, so we are going to have Amotekun and that. We are going to fight with everything, we have the police, vigilante,civil defense, the military are still there and then we have the OPMESA.

"OPMESA has gone for so many years because the previous administration did not take it very seriously, so, they withdrew it. But I went after that initiative and I got the Chief of Army Staff to finally approve it because like I said to him, I don't know of other states, but my state, I cannot afford insecurity", Abiodun stated.

While restating his administration's commitment to make the state safe for the residents, the governor called on the people of the state to be watchful, prayerful and be observant of their environment, noting "security agents are as good as the intelligence they gathered".

Earlier in his remarks, the Caretaker Committee Chairman of the APC in Ogun, Yemi Sanusi commended the state governor for embarking on massive road rehabilitation and reconstruction across the state, as well as accommodating more members into the party, particularly bigwigs from other political parties.

In their respective remarks, former deputy governor, Segun Adesegun, Senator Adegbenga Kaka and Gboyega Nasiru Isiaka, who commended the governor for his effort at making the state more attractive for investors, declared that they would continue to support his administration.

On her part, a House Representatives member representing Remo Federal Constituency, Adewunmi Onanuga, thanked Abiodun for making lawmakers from the state envy of other members of the House of Reps, over his strides in the overall development of the state.

She, however, called on the governor to give more women the chance to represent their people at the grassroots.

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