A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, APC in Oyo state, Dr Fola Akinosun has disclosed his intention to re-contest the Oyo South Senatorial seat in the coming 2023 general election.
He made the disclosure over the weekend while featuring on Political Circuit, a weekly political programme anchored by Mayor Isaac Brown on Fresh FM, Ibadan.
Akinosun expressed optimism and confidence that he will be victorious in the poll by God’s grace
The educationist was an aspirant for the same position on the platform of APC in the 2019 election.
This was just as he maintained that he has paid his due to succumb to any political intimidation this time around, adding that every other aspirants within the party will be willing to support his ambition to run for the Oyo south senatorial seat.
According to him, his motive and interest remain the same which is to serve and make more positive impact in the lives of the people.
He further said APC in Oyo state is back and better, ready for the victory that will come for the party in the next governorship and house of assembly elections, saying that members are already coming together to form a formidable team to deliver the state.
While answering questions on the fallout of the 2019 primaries in the APC and reward system in politics, Akinosun said though he felt cheated with the level of impunity, lack of party internal democracy and unfair treatment, he, however, said that he had taken the outcome in good faith and moved on with his businesses.
“I joined the progressives because I believe in fairness. I believe I should have some level of fair treatment after being cleared for the primaries. When I felt cheated, I consulted the national but nothing came out from there. I also thought of dragging the party to court but I took it in good faith and I went back to my business.
“Without politics, I’ve made it. I joined politics to make impact. I’ve been spending my money on politics since 2011 and I’ve not enjoyed any reward system whatsoever; no appointment, no contract. Despite that, I’m not discouraged to do more for the people,” he said.
Akinosun, a philantropist, expressed happiness that “my struggle during the 2019 primaries, to get true liberation from impunity, injustice and fight against laying bad precedence for younger politicians in the party was successful, despite the refusal of some people to speak out.”
While recalling effort of the former governor Adebayo Alao-Akala to encourage and motivate him to remain active in politics against his decision shortly after the 2019 election, Akinosun described him as a true leader who is open, fair and have what it takes to unite the party.
He also used the occasion to congratulate wife of a former governor, Abiola Ajimobi, Mrs. Florence Ajimobi, for her courage and strength throughout the 140-day compulsory mourning of her husband, praying that God will continue to be with her.