Ogun 2023 : Abeokuta North residents Call on Hon. Bello to Contest for House of Assembly

Ahead of the 2023 election, residents of Abeokuta North Local Government of Ogun State have called on the former Chairmanship aspirant in the last local government election Dr. Hon. Bello Olawale Salman (BOS) to contest for Ogun State house of assembly.

The residents said the choice of Bello would result in development and transformation they have been yearning for.

But Bello in his response, said he would begin consultations across the wards in the local government.

The former Chairmanship aspirant disclosed this while addressing newsmen in Abeokuta, Ogun State Capital.

He said he had never ventured into any political contest without seeking the approval and blessings of the people of his constituency.

He said" I have not decided to join the race yet. People came in large number that they want me to join the race but I told them that I was caught unaware.

" l have to consult people, after all I have fathers and elders in politics who will tell me to go ahead or not so I have not decided to go into the race, I have only received the people's call to run. 

"I appreciate those who said they want to fund the process, that doesn't mean that I don't have the money to spend. I work in Abeokuta North and everybody knows the kind of job I do. 

"Those that I have taught who are my old students are the ones who want to fund the it. Some of them are bank managers today, politicians, government functionaries, some are even abroad. 

"They told me they want to raise 30 million in three days. But I told them to be cool for now. 

"I have received six people in my office who came to me that they want to contest but I only told one of them that I am also interested so that is one of those factors that I will consider whether I will go ahead not. 

"I have told the people that I am not deciding unless I consult. It will be a betrayal on the part of the six aspirants who have come to me that they want to contest if I decide to run without consulting at the same time, what will be the feeling of this people if I decline. So, I must put these side by side. 

Hon. Bello also urged the residents to consult the  leaders before declaration.

He therefore commended Governor Dapo Abiodun's giant stride towards restructuring Ogun State adding that the governor second term agenda is the first priority. 

"My aspiration is not the first primary, the primary one is that of Governor Abiodun. 

"We are going to the market, slaughter's slabs, mechanic villages, to campaign for Governor Abiodun" he affairmed.

In his remarks ,the co-ordinator for Wale Bello's campaign Mr Morufdeen Bello state called on Hon. Bello to declare his interest in the State house of Assembly.

He said "despite our unity in the last election, Abeokuta North lost the seat of the house of Assembly to APM due to the influence and presence of senator Ibikunle Amosun .

"This time around we want to make sure we deliver the seat back to APC and the only candidate that can go head to head with Senator Ibikunle Amosun in Abeokuta North is Hon. Wale Bello

" If the Party truly want to deliver that seat to APC, We have no choice than to have Wale Bello on the ballot , that is why those of us who are supporting him, appeal that he declares and run for the office.

"I know he's interested, he's just been skeptical , we made this move to ensure that he comes out boldly to declare . Since we told him, he has been consulting the elders . We want him to declare before the convention".

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