2023: Petition against the empty second term of Abiodun – Senator Yayi

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The Senator representing Lagos West in the National Assembly, Solomon Adeola commonly known as Yayi, has warned against spreading rumors about the integrity of the state Governor, Dapo Abiodun.

Adeola, who has declared his support for Governor Abiodun’s second term, said those who write a petition against the governor will fail.

A member of the All Progressives Congress from Ogun State, Ayodele Oludiran, had petitioned the party leadership, calling for Abiodun’s disqualification from participating in the upcoming gubernatorial primary.

The petition alleged that there were discrepancies in his Independent National Electoral Commission’s CF001 forms submitted in 2015 and 2019.

The petition also alleged that the governor had been convicted of an offense in 1986 as Shawn Michael Davis in the United States.

But the governor, in a letter to APC national chairman Abdullahi Adamu through his lawyers, Afe Babalola & Co, urged the party to disregard the petition, describing it as an attempt to mislead the party.

Speaking to reporters in his hometown of Ilaro, the chairman of the Senate Finance Committee described the petition against the governor as a failed attempt.

He said: “No amount of petitions will stop the Governor’s second term ambition. He will come back. Those who write petitions are wasting their time.

“They will fail and they have failed. Whether they write it in water or anywhere, they will fail and they have failed”.

Adeola had announced the transfer of his political base from Lagos to Ogun State, where he would contest the senatorial seat of Ogun West in 2023.

The senator explained that his decision to run for the senatorial seat of Ogun West did not violate the Nigerian constitution or that of his party.

He said “there are other schools of thought that have challenged the legal position of my ambition. As far as I am concerned, have I violated the constitution? The answer is no, I have not violated the party constitution.

“Had I run the same election in Lagos while serving, I would still have been nominated as an elected Senator whose term will commence after the expiration of this current National Assembly, therefore, if I eventually emerge as an elected Senator from Ogun West, this does not mean I serve two senatorial districts, I only serve Lagos and once my term ends on June 9, I will be nominated as a senator for Ogun West if he is sworn in as a senator.

He explained that his ambition to return to Ogun State started more than 15 years ago, which he based on the need to contribute to the growth and development of his home state.

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