By Michael Adesanya/Abeokuta
Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun on Monday disclosed that the next council chairmen of the 20 local council’s would not be appointed, but would be elected by the people.
He also assured the people of the state that the forthcoming local government elections will be free and fair in the State.
Abiodun, who made this known at an event held in Abeokuta too welcome new members into the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), charged aspirants to continue their electioneering.
It would be recalled that the state government some weeks ago constituted the Ogun State Independent Electoral Commission, OGSIEC to organised the local council elections.
He therefore revealed that soon the timetable for the local government elections would soon be released.
Abiodun also urged the new members to continue to work hard towards the continued development of the party and the state.
His words: “Very soon, the time table for the election will be released, we will not appoint chairmen for you at all, chairmanship will not be by appointment, it will be by election, everyone should continue to work hard”.
Abiodun while noting that his administration would continue to adopt the bottom-up approach which gives the people the power to choose projects that directly affects them, said his administration in the next 60 days would commission the Sagamu-Abeokuta expressway, alongside other projects by May.
The Governor who added that his administration will continue to give the state capital all the attention it deserves, said that his administration will ensure that the people get all the attention they deserve.
He said “This is your government, that is the reason why we ask from you before we embark on any project. We call it the bottom-up approach, where we ask the Local Government Chairman, House of Assembly members, our Kings, the Community Development Council and the Community Development Associations to be part of any decision on projects rehabilitation and reconstruction.
“All the roads we have done so far came through our bottom-up approach, by the grace of God, in the next 60 days, we will complete the Sagamu-Abeokuta expressway.
“Abeokuta is the capital city of the Gateway state and it must continue to be presented like a capital city, we will do everything to ensure that the city of Abeokuta is a befitting capital city in the comity of capital cities in the country,” he said.
Abiodun while welcoming the new members into the APC, urged them to work together with the party in the business of making the party and the state an envy of all.
Earlier in their remarks, Hon. Adekunle Adesina and Chief Bode Mustapha who charged party faithful to continue to support the state government and the party, urged party members not to see the new members as their enemies, but to see them as partners in progress.
The State Caretaker Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Chief Yemi Sanusi, while noting that the administration of Gov. Abiodun would be the first administration in the state to accommodate between 75 to 80% of politicians in the same party, added that the party is big enough to accommodate as many progressive minded politicians as possible.
In their remarks, the new members, former Director – General of Governorship campaign team of late Buruji Kasamu, Aare Remilekun Bakare and former Commissioner for Special Duties during the administration of Otunba Gbenga Daniel, Chief Kola Sorinola, noted that their coming into the party would bring in more members into the party in the state.
They added that all what the party needs at a time it is receiving more members is good management, which Prince Dapo Abiodun is capable of providing.