1. I wish to once again express my profound gratitude to the good people of Ogun State, particularly the traditional rulers, Baales, religious and political leaders, elders, various interest groups, the electorate and all the stakeholders, for the immeasurable advice, support, solidarity and words of encouragement before, during and after the 2019 general elections.
2. Since my venture into politics, I have had many experiences but the 2019 general elections trump them all. Yet, I am grateful to the Almighty Allah that I did not lose any member of my team during the process.
3. There have been insinuations in various quarters about my political stance and future. Let me state in unequivocal terms that when I joined active politics over a decade ago, it was on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). I have remained in the PDP. I have not defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC) and I do not intend to do so.
4. However, the elections are over and winners have emerged. As a true Muslim, I believe the emergence of any leader is divinely-ordained. Therefore, my position has always been that whenever there is a contest and a winner emerges, we all owe it a duty to God and our people to support the leader to succeed, if our primary motive for seeking public office was to serve the people.
5. My brother and friend, Prince Dapo Aboidun (MFR) has emerged as the Governor-elect of Ogun State. By virtue of his position, he has become the leader of our dear state. We, as stakeholders, leaders and followers, have a duty to support him and make him succeed. Any attempt to pull him down or distract him will not augur well for our dear state. Indeed, it will be tantamount to pulling back our own state.
6. Upon his emergence, Prince Abiodun, like a true democrat, extended a hand of fellowship to all well-meaning sons and daughters of Ogun State, irrespective of party affiliations and leanings. It is in this context that some of our members were invited to join the Transition Committee and its sub groups. That does not mean they have joined the APC. It is a call to the service of our dear state. Now is the time for governance. When election comes, everyone will bear his father’s name. In fact, that is when we, as stakeholders, leaders and followers, will be justified to juxtapose the achievements with the kind of support that we gave.
7. On our intra-party issues, I wish to categorical state that I am not in competition with anyone. It is clear that our people often exploit the air of internal rivalry and wrangling among us. I am a PDP leader and would remain so.
8. As a proud citizen of Ogun State, I am convinced that we must rise above our personal interests and prejudices and join hands with the incoming Administration to deliver good governance to our people and collectively take Ogun State to Greater Heights.
9. In the meantime, as a political leader and philanthropist, I will continue to contribute my own quota towards the empowerment of our people, especially women and youths through revolving loans for small-scale businesses, car hire purchase scheme and other laudable initiatives under the auspices of Omoilu Foundation. The restructured and rejuvenated offices of the Foundation will soon be reopened at the local government areas, with a view to representing the interest of the three senatorial districts.
10. Given the role sports play in unifying our people, the Foundation is set to sponsor football competition across the 20 local government areas of the state, with a view to promoting grassroots sports. Interested candidates should contact the State Coordinator of Omoilu Foundation, Mr. Adeleke Shittu, on 0805 513 5036 or visit www. omoilufoundation .org, for more details. They can also obtain application forms at all Omoilu offices across the 20 local government areas in Ogun State and the Omoilu Foundation Headquarters in Ijebu Igbo, Ogun State.
Thank you and God bless.
Senator Buruji Kashamu
Ogun East Senatorial District