Residents of Festac Town in Amuwo Odofin Local Government woke up on Sunday morning 6th of January 2019 to view an incredibly, ridiculous and malicious attempt to tarnish the good image of my person, Comrade Ayodele Adewale by seeing posters pasted across the local government that I, Comrade Ayodele Adewale has decamped to Zenith Labour Party to contest for the House of Representatives in Amuwo Odofin Federal Constituency in the 2019 February election.
Mischief makers from the Valentine Buraimoh Chairman of Amuwo Odofin Local Government camp had pasted posters all over Festac Town which depict that I, Comrade Ayodele Adewale, is aspiring for the House of Representatives seat under the Zenith Labour Party and also endorsing Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu as candidate for Governor of Lagos State.
This dastardly act is intended to tarnish my good image within my party, the APC, and show me as disloyal.
However the perpetrators of this act have only revealed their incompetence and lack of understanding of the level of influence and strong loyalty that I, Comrade Adewale have for the APC. The only party I have ever belonged to!
As a starting point, the very posters they printed is a misnomer as it says I am running under the Zenith Labour Party and yet ENDORSING an APC candidate Mr. Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu for Governor of Lagos.
Looking at my life and background, you’ll see that my life has been centered around the promotion of civil rights and my commitment and loyalty to my beliefs are very strong.
My struggles for a people’s government dates back to 1990 as a secondary school student from St. Gregory’s College, I took part in the SAP protest to drive away the military paving way for democracy.
I was also part of the foot soldiers that formed AD, AC, ACN and APC.
In my youth, I was involved in several civil society activities and worked with Prof. Wole Soyinka, late Dr Beko Ransome Kuti and late Chief Anthony Enahoro, led Pro-National Conference Organisation (PRONACO) as a mobilization and liaison officer.
I also worked with Senator Tokunbo Afikuyomi as his senior special assistant on Youths, students and programs.
I, Comrade Ayodele Adewale met my mentor and father who is also the APC national leader, Ashiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu 20 years ago this year when i was President, Lagos State University Students Union and worked in Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinunbu led government in Lagos State, in the Office of the SSA on Youths and Students, Comrade Olusegun Mayegun.
Our relationship over the years has grown to become very close and familial and I see Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu as my father and mentor. Ashiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu has been constantly impressed by my dedication and commitment to the Party especially during my tenure as Local Government Chairman of Amuwo Odofin and has openly called me, Comrade Adewale his ‘son’ at several public occasions and welcomes me into his Bourdillon home.
My whole life has been dedicated to the pursuit of an ideal society for all and i found a replication of my views and ideology in the APC Party.
My loyalty to the APC Party is unshakeable and all my activities have been focussed on profiling a positive image of the APC.
As Local Government Chairman my administration performed so well across all sectors and we boosted the image of the party within the community, Lagos State, Nigeria and world over.
Even members of The Consolidation Group (TCG) a political platform i formed after leaving office as a campaign group for my aspiration can attest to the fact that a recurring theme i pass onto them during our meetings is that LOYALTY IS KEY!
WHY THEN WOULD VALENTINE BURAIMOH SEEK TO DENT MY IMAGE WITH THESE POSTERS???
THE REASON MAY NOT BE TOO FAR FETCHED!… For the past few months, there has been growing dissatisfaction from the residents of Amuwo Odofin Local Government over the mal administration of this current Local Government Chairman, Valentine Buraimoh.
Using various social media channels, many interest groups and individuals in the community including youths, business people, residents, associations et al have expressed their unhappiness with the state of the local government area and the negative impact this has brought on the quality of their lives.
The roads are in such a terrible state of dilapidation; the environment is unhygienic and dirty, walk ways have been taken over for commercial activities; traffic situation is chaotic; security lax; medical centres have been left to run aground with no drugs and no pool of skilled medical personnel to provide round the clock services to the sick and vulnerable.
The same lack of interest can be witnessed across all sectors.
Non-pensionable staff who can be deployed to use their professional expertise to support the activities of the local government are not adequately paid and are owed several months’ of salary including the last December 2018 salary.
The riverine area has been worst hit with no local government presence, project or activity taking place.
Valentine Buraimoh have not deemed it fit to visit any of the 28 communities since he was sworn into office 18 months back.
The chorus of angry voices is increasing in volume with many reminiscing about the good old days of Festac Town and its environs and making comparison to the descent it has fallen into under the Valentine Buraimoh’s administration!
They look back with nostalgia at the serene, secure and thriving economic environment they enjoyed during my administration (2008 – 2014) and have openly compared it to the havoc wreaked upon them by the Valentine administration.
An administration that in its 18 months of existence (July 2017 – December 2018) has received the sum of N1,569,476,675.51 billion naira from Federal and Lagos State allocation (excluding internally generated revenue) with no visible, meaningful and verifiable project or services carried out. On all fronts Valentine Buraimoh has failed!
The structures and processes that worked successfully under my administration have all collapsed under Valentine Buraimoh who is more interested in personal enrichment to the extent that he made a recent trip to the UK in December 2018 to open a foreign bank account and buy properties in London.
When viewed in context to the above, the reasons for this morning’s activity to sully my reputation can clearly be seen.
It is juvenile and underhand and should be disregarded!
I, Comrade Ayodele Adewale have been a progressive all my life and one trillion Blackmailers will not tint my credibility, good pedigree and good records.
I CALL ON ALL TO VISIT THE INEC OFFICE IN LAGOS AND AMUWO ODOFIN LOCAL GOVERNMENT TO VERIFY IF I COMRADE AYODELE ADEWALE’S NAME IS LISTED AS CANDIDATE OF ANY POLITICAL PARTY AS A CONTESTANT IN THE FEBRUARY 2019 GENERAL ELECTION.
VALENTINE BURAIMOH AND HIS CO-TRAVELERS SHOULD PUT THEIR ENERGIES TO GOOD USE THAN PRINT MALICIOUS POSTERS IN ORDER TO DESECRATE MY GOOD NAME AND IMAGE WHILE I STRONGLY ADVISE HIM TO USE THE PEOPLE’S FUNDS FOR THE PEOPLES DEVELOPMENT!!!
VALENTINE BURAIMOH CHAIRMAN AMUWO ODOFIN LOCAL GOVERNMENT MUST BE INVESTIGATED.