By Eric Elezuo
The Ogun East consensus candidate for the 2019 Ogun State Governorship election and Commissioner for Commerce and Industry, Otunba Bimbo Ashiru, has reacted to the rumours making the rounds that he has withdrawn from the race to Ogun government house in 2019.
Otunba Ashiru expressed his opinion in a statement signed by his Media Consultant, Mr. Tayo Mabeweje.
The statement noted that the rumours emanated from Ashiru’s absence from at the recently held congress, saying his absence was as a result of ‘circumstances beyond his control’. It also noted that the report was unfounded, callous and nothing but rumour from the pit of hell.
Full text of the press release:
Our attention has been drawn to a report in a section of the media that the APC consensus candidate for Ogun East, Otunba Bimbo Ashiru has withdrawn from the 2019 gubernatorial race. We hereby debunk such report as unfounded, callous and nothing but rumour from the pit of hell.
The absence of Otunba Ashiru at the recently held party congress was as a result of some circumstances beyond his control and this does not in any way suggest that he was persuaded not to attend the congress. Otunba Ashiru is a national delegate of the party and will, by the special grace of God, attend the forthcoming national convention of the party.
It is a report aimed at distracting the forward moving train of the Ijebu/Remo Agenda and the growing popularity and acceptance of its consensus candidate, Otunba Bimbo Ashiru who has been garnering overwhelming support since the process started.
In as much as we know those behind the wicked lies and their antecedents, we would therefore not join issues with disillusioned, lazy politicians whose stock-in-trade is peddling rumour and mudslinging. Instead of playing by the rules and accepting the reality of the times, they chose to sit in comfort of their room spinning tissues of lies all in a bid to score cheap political points.
Otunba Bimbo Ashiru has never at anytime discussed with anyone to have been persuaded to drop the mandate given to him the by the APC leadership from the senatorial district. He remains committed to run in the gubernatorial primaries and, with the support of good people or Ogun State, win the 2019 gubernatorial election on the platform of the party.
To this end, we urged the all the supporters of Otunba Ashiru to remain steadfast and work assiduously to the emergence of the people’s choice, as we appeal to antagonists to desist from their ways and tow the right path. Ogun State belongs to all of us and together we shall consolidate the gains of the present Administration of Senator Ibikunle Amosun, CON, FCA.and take it to the enviable pedestal of our dreams.
Media Consultant to OBA