23rd November, 2010
The senator representing Ogun East Senatorial district of the Upper House in theÂ legislative arm, Senator Lekan Mustapha, has refuted claims from some quarters thatÂ the Ogun State Governor, Otunba Gbenga Daniel, will be a stumbling block to hisÂ second term bid.
Speaking with P.M.NEWS, the Ijebu-Igbo born politician maintained that he will beÂ contesting for the second term under the platform of People’s Democratic Party, PDP.
According to the lawmaker, â€œby the grace of God, I will run for a second term inÂ 2011 and I donâ€™t see anybody as a threat. Some people might as well come togetherÂ any time and endorse anybody as their candidate, what does that has to do with theÂ election?Â I only have issues with my party and the issue I have with them is to getÂ there, obtain my nomination form and stand for primaries. It’s always very easy forÂ people to organise this kind of thing. Didn’t people adopt Abacha as their soleÂ candidate. Did he eventually become the president?â€
The Chairman, Senate Committee on Internal Affairs,Â responded to the claim by aÂ group of politicians from Ogun East Senatorial District, who recently endorsed theÂ state governor as the sole candidate for the senatorial slot for the district inÂ 2011.
Parakoyi, as he is fondly called by his admirers, declined to comment on theÂ political imbroglio in the state.
â€œAside being a senator, as a citizen of Ogun State, am concerned about the latestÂ development in the state, just every citizen of the state.. But then, I can onlyÂ talk about the party which I belong to, IÂ can’t talkÂ about the state generallyÂ because Iâ€™m not part ofÂ the government. I donâ€™t know what goes on in theÂ government, there is no way I can say anything about them. I can’t discuss about theÂ House of Representatives. The matter has not been discussed in the Senate, may beÂ after it has been discussed, we may now come back to talk about it,â€ SenatorÂ Mustapha stated.