The Epe born politician , CEO/MD Demlat Communications , Hon. Alebiosu Sikirulahi Ademola Adekoya (ASA), in an exclusive interview with the Kosofe Post revealed the causes of the perpetual failure in Kosofe, Peoples Democratic Party( PDP) and how to prevent such future occurrence in order to get the party working again.
There’s a role for opposition to play, and that is the bane of Nigerian politics. Once people lose an election, they go away. And that’s why some people have become recurring decimals or phenomenon every four years. You don’t see them until four years after when it is time for another election. They don’t do anything, and they abandon those people who believe in them. A vibrant opposition is a veritable tool in democracy, so even if you’re a loser, still oppose well. If you’re a winner, win well. Do you agree with this statement by Hon. Tunde Braimoh’s?
This is exactly the problem of PDP Lagos state and we are trying to start the meeting now.
You are the PDP Kosofe local government organizing secretary. Who is your LGA Chairman?
Former organizing secretary. I don’t think we have for now because I can tell you categorically that PDP has no chairman in Lagos state But Hon kunle Koya still remain till the outcome of the committee set up by the national to look into PDP crisis in Lagos state headed by Doctor Ogunkelu.
Every four years election funds mismanagement have become recurring crisis in your party despite it has been removed from the state Executives control and now goes directly to the ward levels. Yet,the money still grow wings. How can it be curb in the future?
Firstly we need to Dissolve all the present executive of the party and allow various local government and wards to pick who runs the affairs of the party themselves. Secondly any money coming to the local government and the ward must be made public to all the members of the party. The election is not going directly to the ward level, 2015 and 2019 election money goes to all the house of representatives candidate in various local government. Till today no house of representatives candidate especially in our local (Kosofe) comes out openly with the figures of the money they collected from Jimi Agbaje. That is the more reason those that collect money from them mismanaged the money because they felt they have collected enough money from the gubernatorial candidate.
In the last four elections your Party fielded Hon. Kafila ogbara, Tai Obembe, And Sherifat Hassan twice as Kosofe Federal Constituency candidates without recording any victory. Do you think a female candidates can wrestle power from APC in Kosofe?
I think gender is not the problem of our party,the money collected by hon kafilat ogbara and Tai obembe is not much compare to the money collected by Sherifat Hassan in the last 8 years. I think we need a candidate who is transparent and accountable.
We lost the last house representative election with a margin of 4000 plus, believe me if we spent the money given to us judiciously our candidate should have been in Abuja for now.
How much is given to SOH?
2015 election is more than 80 million while the 2019 is more than 100 million. Personally and with my experience in this party if such amount is given to me I will surely win the election.
But there were reports that the Kosofe PDP LGA Executive members which you are among were given 1m to 5m each. How true are these claims?
That is a big lie and I challenge anybody to come forward with any proof on that. As an LGA Exco in my ward can you believe I was not even invited to where they shared the money coming to my ward.
So nobody collected money from the LGA ?
People that belongs to there group will surely collected. The LGA chairman and some Exco that is loyal to them including some loyal leaders in various wards. How can we be sharing election money based on loyalty to a particular leader? Too bad. Any candidate that is serious must carry every loyal party members along when it comes to election fund. Do you know that the money did not come from PDP national? Atiku gave them the money
The last few months many prominent members and LGA Excos of your party have switched to APC. What are you doing as a party to save the remaining members from leaving?
We need a serious reconciliation among the existing members and some new members.
You said if you receive the amount of money Sherifat Olushola Hassan( SOH) received to prosecute the election, you would have won it. You’re one of the early starter for the PDP Kosofe House of Reps ticket. Did you step downtown and defeated during the primary elections?
When I started then it was Salvador that is the state chairman then and everybody believe there is going to be a level playing field, suddenly Salvador decamped to APC and Alhaji Hassan became the acting chairman of the party.
The house of representatives candidate is the wife of the acting state chairman of the party. Therefore, no way somebody like me or anybody can win that primary election and more so I was thinking then that if we can correct some minor mistakes we made in 2015 the party in our local government can win the 2019 election. Do you also know that there is a petition against some leaders in ward F and in our LGA chairman zone? I can also show you the copy of the petition.
Solution: Any election money coming to different wards must be announced to all members for the purpose of transparency.
Apart from the controversial money . What do you think can be can be done to get the party united and move forward?
We need to start preparing for the next election now. We need to set up a disciplinary committee in kosofe local government lga. We need to reach out to our members (100%)to forgive and forget the issue of money in the Last election. We need to also forget about Exco for now and allow some of the trusted leaders to go ahead in uniting all the aggrieved members. That is what Mrs Bisi Odunsi is trying to do and she is not concerned about the issue of excos now. We need to wake up!
Enough of loosing election and wait for another three years before coming out again. We have also agreed to be having a general assembly monthly in various wards pending the resolution from the peace committee.
Tell us about yourself?
I am Hon Alebiosu Sikiru Adekoya, I started my political career with PDP in year 2000 through the then Minister of information Chief Dapo Sarumi. We are from the same Local government which is Epe but I practice my politics in kosofe local government. Former ward Exco in ward F and a former organizing secretary kosofe local government lga but if it’s not dissolved am still the organizing secretary and PDP house of representatives aspiration in 2019.