A Chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ondo State, Engr Adeolu Akinwumi has declared his interest in contesting the 2024 gubernatorial poll and succeeding Gov. Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State.
Akinwumi stated this in a chat with newsmen on Tuesday in Akure, on his intention to contest in the 2024 Guber polls
He noted that he has the requisite experience to govern the state and going by the ‘unwritten’ rotation policy the southern senatorial where he comes from should produce the next governor.
The former House of Representatives aspirant and Special Assistant on Administration to former Governor, Dr Olusegun Mimiko, said he has all the necessary information and capabilities to run the office.
Akinwumi who was also a member of the Atiku/Okowa campaign organisation said he sees the All Progressives Congress (APC) as a party and a gathering of confused individuals that had incomplete ideologies and lacked direction and focus.
The aspirant said it was time for Nigerians to sit and redefine the process of governance and as a crusader of generational shift in leadership, the reason he was inspired to contest.
The PDP chieftain stressed that nobody could take for granted the potential of the Nigerian youths, having a robust creative energy.
“For me, my aspiration is not just about the fact that we should give the younger generation a chance, I believe that I have what it takes to aspire for this position.
“I served the government of Ondo State under Dr Mimiko between 2009 to 2011 and I will tell you that I worked closely with the governor because I was a principal aid to the governor and that also allowed me to know what governance is all about in the state.
“I have information about the state, the localities and the people of the state and all these things, I want to aggregate together and bring to the table in my aspiration.
“If you look around, you will see the people around adorning the mantra ‘Oya’, which is my campaign mantra.
“It simply represents a wake-up call, poses a challenge to everyone and it makes us cautious of the fact that the time is now to take up our roles and responsibilities as concerned citizens and stakeholders in Nigeria,” he said.
Akinwumi stressed that he strongly believed in Ondo’s greatness, saying, that under the right leadership with the right commitment and sacrifice, the state could become greater.
“I have been in this state for quite an appreciable time and I have been in politics for quite several years. I was not an active member of the Labour Party before I was appointed based on personal consideration by Mimiko.
“After I resigned, I joined the PDP and since then, I have been an active member and there is no doubt about the fact that I am one of the chieftains of the party in the state,” he said