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Olaiya steps down to make Omisore APC’s National Secretary

Professor Abideen Olaiya from Oyo State has announced that he has stepped down for Otunba Iyiola Omisore (Osun) to emerge as the National Secretary of the ruling All Progressives Congress.

His announcement was among the late hour arrangements influenced by the intervention and pressure from the leadership of the party convincing him to accept the anointment of Otunba Iyiola Omisore by the South West leaders.

Prof. Olaiya who remained the only contestant going head to head against Otunba Omisore, after Ife Oyedele and Shittu stepped down, stated that no one contacted him for any consensus agreement until around 2AM on Sunday towards the tail end of the convention.

Olaiya was led to the stage by a former governor of Ogun state, Olusegun Osoba. He pleaded with him to step down out of respect for President Muhammadu Buhari, and leaders of the party in the South West.

Speaking about his decision to step down, Olaiya said he has decided to go for contest because nobody had met him to discuss any consensus. He also stated that he is not scared of losing the contest as he is not new in politics and understands there will always be a winner or a loser in every democratic contest.

He said, “But for the intervention of Chief Osoba and other party stakeholders, I would not be doing what I am doing. I had expected that when the President announced that we should use consultation, that they would have reached out to me as one of the aspirants but nobody consulted me.

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“I had thought they wanted election, which I was prepared for, not minding if I lost. I am not new to losing elections. If I lose this contest, it will be the 10th time I would have lost an election since 1995.”

Speaking further, Olaiya said he remains in politics despite losing various elections over the past 27 years because he have a purpose for participating in politics which is to engender good governance.

He said, “God has been holding me (over the years). But I have a purpose of participating in politics, it is not for money, it is not for anything, it is to engender good governance”

After noting that snubbing him in a consensus meeting was not a proper democratic ideal, He announced that he is withdrawing his candidature for the office of National Secretary, opening the way for Otunba Iyiola Omisore to emerge winner being the only candidate left in the race.

“I hereby withdraw my candidature in the interest of the party and respect for the President and leaders in the region. This kind of mistake should not repeat itself in a democratic party like ours,” he said.

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