Solomon switches political base, declares interest in Ogun Senatorial Seat


Olamilekan Solomon

By Adejoke Adeleye, Abeokuta

The Senator representing Lagos West at the National Assembly, Solomon Olamilekan Adeola popularly called Yayi, has declared his intention to contest for Ogun West senatorial district in the coming election.
Solomon who is better known as Yayi is a seating senator representing Lagos West in the Ninth Assembly and the Senate Committee Chairman of Finance.
Solomon, while speaking with journalists in his home town announced that he had switched his political base from Lagos to Ogun State, where he would be contesting for Ogun West Senate seat in 2023.
The Senator explained that his decision to contest for Ogun West Senator had not contravened either the Nigerian constitution or that of his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC).
“There are other schools of thoughts that questioned the legal position of my ambition. As far as I’m concerned, have I run foul of the constitution? The answer is no, I have not run foul of the party’s constitution as well.
“I have all the legal briefings that it takes to contest this election and I have continually said, I’m running an election to Senator-elect of Ogun West and not to be a Senator. There is a sharp difference between a Senator and a Senator-elect.
“If I had run the same election in Lagos while still serving, I will still have been referred to as Senator-elect whose tenure will commence after the expiration of this current National Assembly, so if I eventually emerge as the Senator-elect of Ogun West, it does not mean I’m serving two Senatorial Districts, I’m only serving Lagos and once my tenure ends in June 9, I will be referred to as a Senator of Ogun West if sworn-in as the Senator,” he said.
He explained that his ambition to return in Ogun State started more than 15 years ago, which he premised on the need to contribute to the growth and development of his home state.
“I have decided to come back home for no other reason because of my people. If I want to put the comfort and everything that I believe Lagos provides for me into place, I might see it as a difficult situation, having made two attempts to come back home and those two attempts I decided to return, but this time around there is no going back.
“Yayi is now part and parcel of Ogun State politics. No going back in the sense that I have registered as an APC member of Ogun State and I have changed my INEC voters’ card to Ogun State.
“I have chosen to take this bold step because I believe at a point in time in every man’s life you must choose what you want to do and you must take bold decisions and this is one of the bold decisions I have to take if I truly want to do politics in Ogun State,” he added.
Load more