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By Bolaji Olasunkanmi
A popular quote by Jimi Hendrix says “Knowledge speaks, but wisdom listens”. This aptly describes the person of Frontline House of Representatives aspirant for Ijebu Central Federal Constituency which comprises of Ijebu-Ode/Odogbolu/Ijebu North East on the platform of All Progressives Congress (APC) in the forthcoming 2023 elections, Engr. (Dr.) Deji Ashiru FNSE also known as EDA.
It will be recalled in March 2022, Ashiru had earlier wanted to contest for Senate to represent Ogun East Senatorial District and had toured the nine Local Government Areas which make up of the district, held consultative meetings with ward chairmen, principal officers, youth leaders, women leaders of councils Excos and Wards Excos of the party to intimate them of the laudable projects he would embark upon if given total support to emerge as a candidate and emerge winner which includes; welfare packages for the aged, provision for girls, child rights, infrastructural development, youth empowerment, support for Micro, Small & Medium Sizes Enterprises (MSMEs), which is anchored on grassroot, human development and social economic inclusion.
During his visit, he had met the Executive chairmen of the Local Governments , legislative councillors, some party elders such as, former Deputy Governor of Ogun State, Sen. Sefiu Kaka, APC South West Zonal Woman Leader, Hon. Yetunde Adesanya, former chairman, Ikenne Local Government, Chief Adepegba Otemolu, Special Adviser on Political Matters to Governor of Ogun State, Hon. Biyi Adeleye, Ogun East Senatorial Chairman, Chief Adeleke Adedoyin, Aare T.A Dawodu amongst other eminent personalities.
Going forward , in order to forge a common front and in line with all inclusive agenda of the Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun, Ashiru needed to step down to pick the House of Representatives form instead.
To this end, on the 8th of May, 2023, Ashiru convened a meeting with the ward chairmen, principal officers, youth leaders, women leaders of councils Excos and Wards Excos of Ijebu- Ode/Odogbolu/Ijebu North East Federal Constituency, to intimate them the new development.
While speaking at the interactive session, he thanked party members, elders, supporters for their support and promised to make the best use of the opportunity at the National Assembly to attract development to Ijebuland.
“I promise quality representation at the Green chamber,. Let me state that I am not a desperate politician, but someone keen on bringing good governance to my community.
“I have accepted the challenge to provide the required political leadership for the ultimate benefit of the good people of Ijebu Ode/Odogbolu/Ijebu North-East Federal Constituency. With your support, I see a formidable bond that cannot be divided as I humbly desire to serve you.” he concluded.
Also, between 9th and 13th May, 2022 , Ashiru further held another round of consultation meetings with elders across Ijebu Central Federal Constituency which comprises of Ijebu-Ode led by Elder Okuboyejo, Odogbolu led by Chief Michael Abiodun Olukoya, Ijebu North East led by Otunba Oluremi Onasanya JP, all APC councillors from Ijebu-Ode led by House leader, Hon. Adesola Ogundare, Ijebu North East led by House leader, Hon. (Mrs.) Ogunwale Olamide and Odogbolu led by House leader, Hon. Sikiru Bello respectively.
Ashiru’s visit gave scores of people the opportunity to pour accolades on him and further extol his virtues, saying he has never reneged in the humanitarian gestures that he’s known for and equally prayed that God will grant him his heart desires.
These consultations also allowed Ashiru to reel out his plans and programmes for the Federal Constituency, if given the mandate to represent them in 2023.
Speaking with media men after his screening in Abuja on Sunday, Ashiru thanked the purpose- driven Governor of Ogun State, Prince Dapo Abiodun, MFR for his outstanding leadership qualities which he has demonstrated across boards , not only in the Gateway State but the country as a whole. He equally appreciated all the party leaders in All Progressives Congress, APC especially in Ogun State.
“I also thank my supporters across the Ijebu Central Federal Constituency for their consistency. Good representation for Ijebuland shall be my utmost priority and also complement the efforts of Prince Dapo Abiodun Administration,” Ashiru concluded.