The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP in Oluyole may have solidified a vantage position as Oyo state prepares ahead of the coming 2024 local government with the gale of endorsements and open declaration of support from residents of the Council.
This was as different stakeholders in Oluyole Local Government including Nigerian Association of Patent and Proprietary Medicine Dealers (NAPPMED), Nigerian Coaches Association, Oluyole chapter, all declared support for Olatunji chairmanship candidature.
The declaration of support and public endorsement of Olatunji by the various stakeholders followed the soaring acceptance and political reputation in Oluyole Local Government, westernmirror.com.ng has gathered.
NAPPMED, Idi-ayunre chapter is the umbrella body of all registered parent medicine dealers comprising five Wards: Wards 2, 5, 8, 9 and 10. This online newspaper reports.
Chief (Mrs) Fatimah Odunpade, who led the leadership of NAPPMED at the endorsement ceremony yesterday described Olatunji as ‘friend of the masses and a large hearted individual with immeasurable passion for his people in Oluyole Local Government saying the public endorsement was to openly identify with Olatunji’s political ambition and to assure him of the Association’s unwavering support.
In a similar development, the Eagles and Peace Corps of Nigeria also decorated the former Publicity Secretary of PDP in Oyo state with an Award of Excellence in recognition of his contributions to the sustenance of peace in Oluyole local government.
Olatunji however, dedicated his award to Governor Seyi Makinde who he described as the number one advocate of peace and peaceful coexistence in Oyo state and Nigeria.
Equally, the Nigeria Football Coaches Association, Oluyole LG Chapter, led by Coach Wasiu Busari, described Olatunji as a thorough grassroots politician who understands the multidimensional need of the people at the local level and has willingly committed himself to it out of genuine passion for his people.
Busari urged Olatunji to remain steadfast in his compassionate character and humility noting that his general acceptability and soaring popularity across different political parties were a testament to what he called epitomizing the true Yoruba ‘Omoluabi’ethos.
In his reaction, Olatunji said, “I was decorated yesterday with the Award of Excellence by Eagles and Peace Corps of Nigeria for my contributions to the sustenance of peace in Oluyole LG, and my sincere appreciation goes to the organizers for finding me worthy of this noble recognition.
“This is only a clear testament that our little efforts to make our community better and improve on the well-being of people at the grassroots and it can only inspire me to want to do more for our people.
“My promise as a political disciple of the people’s Governor, Engr Seyi Makinde, is to support projects that will enhance security and development of my people in Oluyole local government and to domesticate all laudable policies and programs of the Governor at the grassroots when elected as the Executive Chairman come next year.”
Present at the events are the Director General of Olatunji Campaign Council, Architect Salaam Azeez, Secretary to Oluyole Local Government, Hon Azeez Babalola, Alhaji Oyeniyi Mumuni Alaba, and other notable politicians in Oluyole.