Adeniran Eyes Oyo South Senatorial Seat
By Modupe Gbadeyanka
The Executive Chairman of the Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board (Oyo SUBEB), Mr Nureni Aderemi Adeniran, wants to occupy the Oyo South senatorial seat at the National Assembly in 2023.
The educationist intends to be at the federal parliament next year through the platform of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Last week, he was at the state secretariat of the party in Molete, Ibadan, to declare his interest in the position with party leaders, local government executives and ward chairmen from the district.
While addressing party members, Mr Adeniran promised to be for the people and represent them very well at the upper chamber of the National Assembly.
“I’m here at the state party secretariat of Peoples Democratic Party Oyo State PDP to officially inform the party and to officially declare my interest to contest for the position of senator in the Oyo South senatorial district and to also make an official declaration to the world that I’m contesting this coming election”.
“Bearing in mind that the party has already released the guidelines towards the process of nominating a candidate for the 2023 general elections and I find it auspicious to come out in the open to tell the entire people of Oyo South senatorial district that I’m interested in contesting for the position of Senator in that senatorial district.
“Earlier before now I have made consultations in all the nine local government areas in the Oyo South senatorial district,” he said.
Speaking further, he disclosed that, “I have met with the party leaders in all these nine local government areas, I have met with the executives and local government chairmen in all these local governments in line with the program that has been earmarked for this particular process, and as you also know that our party has already said that the sales of forms have commenced, so any moment from now I will also go further to purchase the form and contest for the primaries in PDP Oyo South senatorial district.”
Mr Adeniran, speaking further on his ambition, told journalists that he is now convinced to contest the Oyo South Senatorial seat via the PDP, saying, “I am finally convinced that God has confirmed to me to contest for the election. Therefore, I am making this humble request that you agree with the vision.”
He promised to put in place a robust feedback mechanism, within Ibadan and Ibarapa zones, adding that he has intentions to consolidate on Governor Seyi Makinde’s road map to accelerated development, as a Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“The reason why I’m coming out to contest is to avail the people of the senatorial district of my service to provide quality representation and to let them see an established feedback mechanism which supposed to be between the constituents and their legislator and to also contribute to the growth of infrastructure in the senatorial district so as to assist what the Oyo State Government is already doing in the area of education, health and other infrastructure facilities.
“While I ensure physical development in our senatorial district, I will also safeguard the interest of constituents and initiate a regular feedback mechanism,” Mr Adeniran said.
While fielding questions on whether he has consulted Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State about his ambition, the Oyo SUBEB chief said, “Everybody has seen that the governor is transforming the state from poverty to prosperity and I’m serving under him, he’s my principal and my leader, he’s the leader of the party, it will be a great disservice and out of point for me not to have informed him of my interest and as a leader and a father of all, he said you’re free like any other person to aspire, the people, the party members will decide at the appropriate time without any problem or any rancour.”
Mr Adeniran is a long-term grassroots politician, whose experience spans over two decades in the political terrain of Oyo State and Nigeria.
He was formerly the Executive Chairman of Ibadan South West Local Government, a position he held from 1999-2002 and was known for his giant strides as the Chairman.
He was a Member of the LAUTECH Teaching Hospital Management Board, a two-time Commissioner, who supervised the Ministry of Industry, Applied Science and Technology between June 2009 and November 2010.
Mr Adeniran also supervised the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology between 2010 and 2011 under the former government of Mr Christopher Alao Akala.