Wife of a prominent member of the defunct Northern Region House of Assembly, Late Chief Josiah S Olawoyin, Mrs. Ruth Mopelola Olawoyin on Saturday emerged as his son’s biggest supporter as he announces plans to run for senate next year.
Hon Olusegun Olawoyin, a Barrister at law, had chosen a special day to launch his senate bid, Saturday, 5 February 2022-It was his late father’s posthumous birthday.
Friends, loyalists and supporters converged on the late Chief J.S Olawoyin’s residence in Offa, Kwara state to attend the event and it was encomiums , chronicling of avalanche of good deeds and how he has over the years impacted people’s lives.
‘Kwara South People will never regret voting for him if they do. He was the Chairman of Offa Local Government and he also served as a commissioner and he did well.
. He’s a quiet and an easy-going man. He is my son and since his childhood he has been a peace loving person. He has been a very responsible person I urge our people to support him’ Mrs. Ruth Olawoyin said.
The business of the day began with the former Environment Commissioner announcing his senate bid.
‘I am Chief Olusegun Oluwatoyin Olawoyin and Iam here to make it known that Iam ready to offer myself in service to the good people of Kwara South Senatorial District. I wish to begin the journey as expected by seeking the PDP senatorial nomination.
It is for this reason that I come forward to make my intention known to all. I am interested in becoming a member of the Nigerian Senate to represent the Kwara South Senatorial district’ he said while the audience greeted this with a thunderous applause.
The former LG boss also talked about his plans for the senatorial district if elected as a senator.
‘With your support I am set to introduce legislative agenda that is specific, measurable, achievable, reliable, people -oriented and practicable”
Lawmaking has taken a different dimension and only those with the requisite skills, aptitude should represent us in the Red Chambers.
I have been an integral part of the system and I am well aware of the agonies of our people.
My focus when chosen by God and the people and, I finally win the election, is to use my exposure in the public service over the years as well as extensive networking to highlight these needs to the appropriate authorities. I also desire to propose bills that will add value to our people through creative policies’ he said.
Responding to a reporter’s question asking if he had gained needed experience to represent the Kwara South in the senate, Olawoyin submitted that he has not only gotten requisite experience to provide qualitative representation.
‘I began to get involved in politics during my University days and I was the President of Kwara State students”
I joined the PDP in 2002 ahead of the 2003 General election which had Dr Bukola Saraki wining the Kwara state gubernatorial election . Shortly after, I emerged as PDP vice chairmanship candidate in Offa local government for the local government elections.
Our party recorded victory and I was the vice chairman under Alhaji Tajudeen Folaranmi Aro until my appointment as state cabinet member in 2006 and I served as Commissioner for Environment, Tourism and Forestry.
I later got nominated as Offa local government chairmanship candidate by the PDP in 2007.
Our party won and I served as Chairman , Offa local government between 2007 and 2010. Working together with my team, we were able to do a lot in respect of impacting the lives of our people including road and electrification projects .
Also, we built schools and renovated classrooms. We did 13 roads while about 149 classrooms were renovated.
About 34 bore holes were sunk and 49 others were repaired at different locations.
My administration also constructed the DPO quarters in GRA, Offa.
The welfare of the staff was a top priority on my watch actually as at the time I was leaving in November 2007, I had paid a month leave bonus in advance.
I received a lot of awards for my performance including the Best Chairman award by NTA 2 .
I was the state Youth Leader of my party between 2013 and 2015. I am a legal practitioner, and presently I am with Bayo Ojo & co as an Associate, while in Lagos ,I had at different times worked at Ayanlaja, Adesanya and co, and Ayo Olanrewaju & co Ikeja.
I am Kwara Diocese of the African Church’s Legal Adviser ditto my parish .
In appreciation of my community service efforts , the Olofa of Offa honoured me with the chieftaincy title of Akinrogun of Offa in 2009.
These experiences have shown to me first- hand those things that form the basic needs of the people. These are in the sectors of Agriculture, Security, Road, Education, Health, Water and Human Capital Development’ he said.
A prominent businessman, Alhaji Sulaiman Najeem, who attended the event, told that he was there to honour Olawoyin because of the qualities he possesses.
‘Akinrogun, Chief Segun Olawoyin has been a close ally for a very long time and I see in him some qualities which others do not possess. He is a different type of person. He’s capable, he has a high rate of integrity and to crown it all, he is very Godly.
He will do more than what people are expecting’ he said.
A prominent politician, Alhaji Tajudeen Lawal aka araba , also described Olawoyin as a trustworthy person.
‘We give gratitude to God almighty. Olawoyin has launched his senate bid and he has made it known that he desires to represent Kwara South Senatorial district in the senate , I pray that God leads the way for him. I pray that God will guide him when he eventually gets the senatorial nomination. Olawoyin is known to be a trustworthy person who supports everyone around him totally and very loyal to his friends’ he submitted.
Oluwasola Toyosi Afolayan, who spoke nn behalf of Eleyoka Unity Forum, also had this to say;
‘I pray that our brother succeeds in his aspiration to become the next Kwara South senator . He has contributed immensely to the development of this land and let’s reciprocate this by supporting him in actualizing his dream’ she said.
Representative of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) , Comrade Adeniran Timilehin Samuel, said decision to support Olawoyin was because he was assessed and considered as best candidate for the job.
‘We made a gross mistake in the last election and we’ve now realized where we got it wrong.
I am here to represent the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) We are happy that our brother has joined the senatorial race. He is an intellectual and that’s why we are here to pledge our support, and we believe that things will change for good if he becomes our representative in the senate’ he said.
‘He is reliable, dependable and competent, he does not discriminate on the basis of religion or tribe and when you are close to him he will support you morally and financially. Iam a Fulani man but I built my house through his support and he did so many others things to support me’ Alfa Aliyu Olowosoke ,also said.
Dignitaries at the event include PDP Chairman, Offa local government, Alhaji Ibrahim Aliyu, former state lawmaker, Hon Muraina Ayansola, former Chairman, Offa local Government, Prince Segun Olanipekun, Alhaji Sulaiman Najeem, Alhaji Tajudeen Lawal, Alhaja Basirat Alabi, Olori odo of Offa, Mr Lawal Monsur , Otunba Lanre Folorunso