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2023 : Obayomi Azeez Visits Kwara PDP Chair, Declares Interest To Run For State Assembly Seat

A lawyer and frontline member of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Barr. Obayomi Azeez Olaitan has declared interest to contest for a seat in the Kwara State assembly election to represent Share/Oke-ode Constituency in the 2023 elections.

Barrister Olaitan, who visited the Secretariat of PDP in Kwara alongside friends and supporters, including at least one party stalwart each from the wards that made up his Constituency, met with the State party Chairman, Rt. Hon. Babatunde Mohammed.

During the visit, the potential aspirant thanked the party chairman and other executives of the party for their refined system of leadership. He specifically thanked the chairman for his mentorship and the fatherly role he has played in his political career so far, even while he was a student leader.

Barrister Olaitan, who recalled his visit to Mr. Babatunde while he was Speaker of Kwara State House assembly in 2010 to inform him of his intention to contest for the University of Ilorin student union President; said the encouragement he received at the time saw him through the contest.

Going down memory lane, the lawyer cum politician said the PDP Chairman, as speaker at the time, welcomed him with open hands and even invited him at a point to observe the plenary at the assembly.

“I went on to win the election as the Student Union President and served meritoriously. Since then, our relationship has been that of father-son,” Barrister Olaitan said.

To further reaffirm the extent of his relationship with the party Chairman, the would be aspirant recalled how, in 2019, he advised him to step down for the candidate favored by the party at that time, an advice he heeded as a loyal party member.

Given the details of what transpired, he narrated how the PDP, as a transparent and fair party, made an attempt to refund the money he paid for the expression of interest form; a gesture he refused and instead asked the party to channel the money towards funding the campaign activities for the election.

“We have remained with the party even in the face of all difficulties, and we will continue to work for the success of our party,” Barrister Olaitan concluded.

He prayed for Senator Bukola Saraki to emerge as the party presidential candidate and go on to win the presidency in 2023. He thereafter donated a flex banner in honour of Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki and the party chairman, Hon. Babatunde Muhammed.

In his own remarks, Hon. Mohammed, the party chairman, thanked Barrister Olaitan Azeez for his loyalty and consistency, while assuring him that there would be a level playing ground for all aspirants on the PDP platform as no aspirant would be favoured above the others.

He also charged the potential aspirant to encourage his supporters to get their permanent voters card as, according to him, “election is not won on the pages of newspaper.” The party Chairman also used the opportunity to admonish members of the Peoples Democratic Party in Kwara to ensure they get their voters’ cards ready as that would be the ‘weapon’ with which to win the 2023 elections in the State.

Some of the people who were part of Barrister Olaitan’s entourage while speaking with newsmen attributed their support for him to his modest lifestyle and love for the people, coupled with his humility which, according to them, makes it easy for him to “connect with anybody, whether young or old.”

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