Oladipupo Adebutu is a former member of, Home of Representatives for Remo Federal Constituency in Ogun State and likewise chairman CEO of JB farm. He contested the governorship ticket of the Ogun State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Get together (PDP) in 2019 however misplaced via a courtroom case instituted by the late Senator Buruji Kashamu. The celebration finally misplaced the election to the All Progressives Congress (APC). On this interview with SEYE OLUMIDE, the farmer turned politician weighs the choices for himself and the celebration.
Would you contest governorship election in Ogun State come 2023?
I AM at all times out there to serve my folks. I inform folks that governance is about service as a result of the reality of the matter is, if I’m going to depart my enterprise, a really worthwhile enterprise for that matter, through which I’m making cheap earnings and which has value me billions of naira to determine, which by implication goes to yield me billions, to now desirous to serve the folks, it deserves severe pondering and sacrifice.
That is an enterprise that I’m sure the Financial and Monetary Crimes Fee (EFCC) can not come and hang-out me on the finish of the day.
So your query is an enormous consideration I must weigh critically earlier than making a remaining choice.
If I’ve this sort of multi-billion naira enterprise, to go and serve and on the finish of the day you find yourself with query marks and trauma, folks misbehaving round you with the opportunity of your identify being stained, generally, you ask your self why you need to do it. However one should do it as a service to his folks, in any other case, charlatans shall be elected into political places of work and they’re going to management you and make selections for the state.
When you determine to contest, will it nonetheless be PDP?
Why ought to I depart PDP? We have now spent 12 years securing this platform, so why ought to I transfer to a different platform? I received’t be part of another platform. If anyone needs to come back into our home and needs to compete in opposition to us inside our home they’re free to come back. We’re the landlords of PDP in Ogun State and if any tenant needs to come back in and contest with the owner, then we will see the way it goes.
Are you comfy with the final nationwide conference of PDP with chairmanship taken up north whereas the presidency is left open?
I’m very comfy with main selections taken on the conference. What’s incorrect with the nationwide championship place taken to the North? Iyorchia Ayu, the brand new nationwide chairman, was along with me within the Nationwide Meeting throughout the Third Republic. I used to be a member of the Home of Representatives when he was Senate President. I’ve no points along with his emergence, he’s a nice man. I admire him and I even suppose it’s significantly good for the nation as a result of his emergence would at the least make the Christian Northerners have a way of belonging and luxury in these horrible instances. It was an excellent choice and an excellent omen for Nigeria.
How settled is Ogun PDP in the mean time contemplating Kashamu’s position in 2019, which allegedly value the celebration alternative to win the governorship election?
What occurred in 2019 in Ogun PDP was irregular. We thank God that it has come and gone however it doesn’t matter what, there would nonetheless be one or two points and that’s politics for you. Individuals are at all times involved concerning the dissent in PDP however neglect to ask concerning the disruptions in APC. The ruling celebration has not even efficiently had ward congresses, to not speak of its nationwide conference.
So, what’s your evaluation of the ruling APC since 2015?
Let me put it this manner, I noticed a clip on social media through which there was a relay race. The contributors have been passing a baton as they raced in the identical route. When it got here to the flip of APC to take the baton, as an alternative of operating in the identical route, the celebration began racing in the wrong way. I’m sorry to say that. However that’s what is going on.
How will you assess the federal government of Prince Dapo Abiodun?
We don’t have a authorities in Ogun State at current. Governor Abiodun is absent from energy. He confessed along with his personal mouth that he’s a child governor. From the day he was sworn into energy, he mentioned he’s a ‘child governor’ and if he’s a child governor; let him go to the kindergarten. We wish folks which might be prepared and are mature and PDP will produce a performing governor for Ogun State.
However hasn’t PDP fought itself out of relevance within the state since 2011?
Let me inform you PDP doesn’t have a severe disaster as a result of it’s a platform that belongs to Nigerians. Go and write it down, APC will attempt to give you a Northern presidential candidate and that can present you that APC is a Northern celebration. It has no enterprise with the South.
From the sense of ethical justice, the North has had eight years of presidency, they can’t actually say give us a southern candidate. They can’t do this as a result of they haven’t any enterprise with the South. The celebration is a Northern contraption.
However PDP has not had a Northern candidate, it, due to this fact, has the ethical proper to choose its candidate from wherever. In spite of everything, out of 24 years of this dispensation, the South has produced President for 14 years, so we’ve got the ethical proper to choose our subsequent presidential candidate from wherever we would like. If really APC is one household, it ought to give its presidential ticket to a Southern candidate, but it surely is not going to. Southern members of APC appear as if slaves to the northerners in APC.