Gov. Dapo Abiodun on Monday met with the gubernatorial candidate of African Democratic Congress (ADC) in the last election, Prince Gboyega Nasir Isiaka (GNI) over plans to form a political alliance that would strengthen the governor’s grip of politics in the State.
The meeting which according to sources, was at the instance of the State governor, was held at the executive chambers of Governors office, Okemosan, Abeokuta and had in attendance top leaders of The Believe Movement (TBM); the political group of Isiaka.
Recall that Abiodun has been wooing Isiaka since the former won the election in March this year, while a meeting was held between the duo three weeks ago, with speculations rife that the ADC flagbearer may be considering joining the APC.
Briefing newsmen after the meeting which held behind closed doors, Isiaka said his group was proud of the performance of the Abiodun-led administration in the last five months, adding that the group has total confidence in the government’s bid to build a better future for Ogun people.
Isiaka said there were signs of a positive relationship between the State Chapter of the APC and the Believe movement, adding that he would need to report back to his teeming supporters before making any formal announcement.
He assured that an alliance between the two groups would bear positive results and take the gateway State to greater heights.
“I have come with the leadership of my political structure all across the state. It is to signify the fact that we are very confident and happy with the way the government is going about putting the state on a higher pedestal and which aligns with our own values”.
“From what we have seen in five months, I believe the governor is on the right path. If we had not seen positive signs, we would have never thought of graduating our relationship with this administration”he noted.
“We have come to interact with the governor. The governor has spoken very well. We have interacted and exchanged ideas. We have exhibited our intent to move our relationship forward politically and we have also spoken on all areas that needed to be touched in making the union feasible”.
He stated further, “We had interaction with our people all across the state and they mandated the number of people here today to come and talk to the governor on all the areas they so desire clarifications on. We will get back to our people and within the next couple of days, a final decison would be made known to the public.
“I can assure you that positive things between the relationship of the Believe movement and the APC will happen soon.”
Reliable sources within the meeting however quoted Governor Abiodun to have expressed great satisfaction about the development.
While addressing the group, the governor said “Isiaka displayed great sportsmanship in the last election” describing him as a “man of integrity and character”.
Abiodun commended the ADC stalwart for resisting offers to collaborate with the Allied People’s Movement (APM) or the Ladi Adebutu faction of the PDP in the last election, noting that this singular act was crucial to his own eventual victory at the polls.
According to him, “I am very comfortable with this group, I want to work with you and I am reiterating my commitment to an inclusive government”.
The governor assured that the alliance would be mutually beneficial for both sides and will also benefit ogun state in whole.
Speculations however remain rife that Isiaka and his group might be making a bold entrance into the APC in the coming days.