The African Democratic Congress in Ogun State on Tuesday held its state congress to elect new leaders for the party.
The peaceful exercise, which was held at the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library in Abeokuta, was conducted by the state Congress committee and monitored by some national leaders of the party, and officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission.
The chairman of the state Congress committee, Chief Ireti Oniyide, in his opening remarks explained that the National leadership of the party had directed that the state Congress committee to’ conduct the exercise, which is in line with the provisions of the ADC’s constitution.
According to him, the exercise is one of the most peaceful, fair and transparent congresses done by any political party in the history of Nigerian politics, a development he also described as the first step of the party to occupy the seat of government in the state and Nigeria.
A total of 18 leaders were elected as the new state executives with Dr. Gbolade Osinowo, emerging as the chairman.
Osinowo, who addressed newsmen after taking the oath of office along with other executives, commended the organisers for the peaceful conduct of the exercise, which he confirmed was devoid of rancor.
He disclosed that the team was elected based on the party’s policy to engage more women and youth in its affairs.
He said, “Our team has 30 per cent of women, 30 per cent of youth. We are the first political party that will engage more women and youth in its affairs not because we want to be the first but to ensure more women and youth participate in politics and secure the future of this nation.
“Our deputy state chairman, treasurer and publicity secretary are young but experienced professionals between the ages of 22-39. They will use their fresh ideas to transform Ogun State and join hands with other executives to save Ogun State civil servants, artisans and other residents from the claws of poverty inflicted on them by the ruling party.”
The chairman assured that the leadership of ADC at the state and national level would ensure Nigerians witness the benefits of a true democracy if elected into power at the state and federal level.
“The first-hand feelers from the electorate and residents indicate that a significant number of them are disillusioned with the style of governance adopted by the ruling party in the state and determined to seek alternative platform. A lot of civil servants, artisans and investing public are tired of poverty inflicted on the people by the ruling party, they described as an expired drug and they can’t wait for ADC to subvert it,” he added.