2023: Paseda declares support for Biyi Otegbeye, promises to work against Dapo Abiodun

A former member of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ogun state, Prince Rotimi Paseda on Monday said he exited the party to work for govenor Dapo Abiodun second term bid.

Paseda was the governorship candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) in the state in the 2019 elections but defected to the APC after losing in the contest.

He was part of politicians who resuscitated Unity Party of Nigeria that was established in 1979 by the late Premier of Western Region, Obafemi Awolowo and contested on its platform for governorship election in Ogun state in 2015, before he left the party for the Social Democratic Party (SDP) before the 2019 governorship election.

The two-term governorship candidate while addressing newsmen at the secretariat of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) in Abeokuta, Ogun state capital disclosed that governor Abiodun's carelessness made him leave the party.

He described Abiodun as a 'careless son of a careful God'.

Paseda who is neither in any political party now, disclosed that he now belongs to a political family being led by the former governor Ibikunle Amosun.

He however declared to throw his weight behind the governorship candidate of the Actions Democratic Congress (ADC), Biyi Otegbeye aka, BOT.

There's is a speculation that Amosun who is a factional leader of APC in the state is having romance with the ADC and funding Otegbeye's governorship ambition.

His words "My resignation from the APC is to make the second term of a careless son of careful God not possible and that is Dapo Abiodun. My singular reason for leaving APC in not because has done anything wrong but because I want to be sure and work within my capacity that Dapo Abiodun does not come back. 

He stressed further that he left the APC because Dapo Abiodun didn't prepared for the governorship job, hence, reacting only when there's need for reaction.

"Dapo Abiodun is a governor that just find himself in position, he wasn't prepared. he only react when there's need for reaction. There's no fore thinking, there is no fore planning, he just reacts. That is one of the reasons why he left the party.

"That was why I left APC. Now that I have left APC, I have not declared for any political party and I don't intend to do so. I'm a free citizen of Nigeria and Ogun state and I'm a politician. 

He added "I have decided to give my total support to Biyi Otegbeye. Although I am not in any political party, anything that is call Rotimi Paseda in Ogun state will be for Biyi Otegbeye."

*I belong to a politician family now and that political family is headed by senator Ibikunle Amosun and in the family a decision was made and as a family, I have no choice than to go along with BOT. Another thing is that BOT is an half Yewa and Ijebu man, if BOT was not an Ijebu man, I wouldn't have supported him because I believe an Ijebu should complete the last one term and that was my decision", he added.

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