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I will run for governorship in 2023, says APC chieftain

Published by The Nation on Wed, 18 Nov 2020


By Emmanuel OladesuAll Progressives Congress (APC) chieftain Olajide Adediran has declared his intention to run for the governorship election in Lagos in 2023.The 42- year- old journalist and businessman said he will not step down for any aspirant, adding that he will not settle for the positions of deputy governor, House of Representatives member and senator.Adediran, who refused to disclosed the identities of those backing him, however, said that former Lagos governor and Minister of Works and Housing Babatunde Fashola, is not his sponsor.He said he had started mobilising the grassroots for his ambition, boasting that he has structures across the wards and local governments.The aspirant took cognisance of the ban on activities of groups and caucuses in Lagos APC and the fact that the party has not kicked of preparations for 2023 electioneering.Read Also:2023: PDP fumes as its governor defects to APCHowever, he told reporters in Lagos that he has been organising empowerment programmes and organising party members ahead of future poll.He said the three structures working for the realisation of his ambition are Lagos for Lagos, Team Jandor and Eko United.Adediran said those saying that he lacks experience because he has neither be elected or appointed into public positions have forgotten that he as a journalist have understanding of the system.He acknowledged that many party chieftains have branded him as an enemy within because he had hit the streets without waiting for the whistle to blow.Adediran said he hails from Badagry, which has not produced governor, adding that it is time.He said he unfolded his ambition on the platform of the APC because nobody can fight for power from outside.Noting that the #EndSARS protests gave an opportunity for young people to have a say, he said:But, we need to have a say through election.
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