By Taiye Taiwo
Nigeria finds itself in a place where life is not easy for the common man. The cost of living is going high, and the masses cannot afford basic commodities and amenities. It seems as though the government is far away from the people.
It is a painful reality but in the midst of these, are some people who do genuinely care about the people and all they go through. One of such is Chief Olumide Aderinokun who clinched the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) senatorial nomination ticket for Ogun Central Senatorial District ahead of the 2023 general elections.
It was a landslide victory for Aderinokun who secured 214 votes from 216 elected delegates during the PDP’s senatorial primary that was monitored by officials of the PDP and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) at the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library on May 23. It was always evident that the Akinruyiwa of Owu Kingdom would win thanks to the track record he has in Ogun Central Senatorial District.
This is not Aderinokun’s first foray into elections. During the 2019 cycle, he contested to represent Abeokuta North, Odeda and Obafemi-Owode Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives under the PDP but an internal party crisis dashed the move despite victory in the primary.
There were calls in some quarters for him to quit politics and focus on his thriving private business. However, the Obafemi-Owode native, who has former President Olusegun Obasanjo as a mentor, was not going to accept defeat and rather forged ahead to serve communities in Ogun Central Senatorial District by carrying out different projects in the areas of education, business, water supply, disability needs, healthcare and youth empowerment.
It is common practice in Nigeria to see politicians decamp to another party after losing an election which is a sign of no loyalty or commitment. That is not the case for Chief Aderinokun who has firmly stuck with PDP in the face of defeat and even when the party was in crisis internally. He went nowhere and remained revolved to carry on with his mandate of serving the people.
The widely-celebrated property developer and investor is looking forward to finishing the job at the general elections next year and bringing Ogun Central Senatorial District on the PDP back to the upper legislative chamber for the first time since 2011.
“Today’s victory is like a semi-final and I’m looking forward to the final with a lot of confidence in the 2023 elections,” Chief Aderinokun said after his victory at the PDP primaries.
“I have started my preparation for the senatorial seat since 2019 with my service to the people through my foundation and by God’s grace, I will get to the Senate and I’m ready to work with the next governor of Ogun State who will be Hon. Oladipupo Adebutu by God’s grace.”
Renowned for his accessibility and action, the quintessential businessman is equally a man of innovation evidenced by his projects in the six local government areas that cover Ogun Central Senatorial District. His genuine heart and selfless service is exactly what makes him the best pick for the senatorial race in the general election slated for February 25, 2023.
A win for Chief Aderinokun and a return for PDP in the upper house of the National Assembly after 12 years, is a win for the good people of Ogun Central Senatorial District as well.
Taiwo writes from Abeokuta, Ogun State