Dressed and decorated with awe-inspiring crest and regalia, the splendid and palatial hall of Ijebu Social Club situated in Ijebu Ode, the Administrative Headquarters of Ijebu Ethnic Nationalities was filled to capacity on Friday 12th October 2018 as several dignitaries, groups and professionals trooped into the ancient town to rejoice with a Constitutional Lawyer, Author, Youth Advocate and Public Affairs Commentator, Mr. Adekunle Osibogun who recently clinched the ticket of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) to represent the good people of Ijebu Central Federal Constituency comprising of Ijebu/Ode, Ijebu North East and Odogbolu Local Government Areas of Ogun State in the House of Representatives come 2019 general elections.
Among the dignitaries that attended the event, organized by the Kunle Osibogun Campaign Organization (KOCO) to welcome Osibogun back to home after his victory at the shadow poll of his party were the Afenifere Leader and Elder statesman, Chief Ayo Adebanjo, Governorship Candidate of the SDP in 2019 election in Ogun State, Mr. Rotimi Paseda, and members of the state executive council of the party in the state, Ijebu Leaders and Elders etc.
In his remarks, Adebanjo, represented by an Elder Statesman, Pa Muritala Adepintan Aileru urged the people of Ijebu Central to send a learned, urbane, educated, exposed, youthful and responsible character like Osibogun to Abuja as their representative in 2019 if they truly desire good governance.
Warning the youths against selling their votes to money-bags politicians, Adebanjo who described Osibogun as an Omoluabi per excellence said “Young people selling their votes lack moral right to campaign against incompetence, non-performance and bad governance after election”.
The ex-NADECO chief added that “Cursing a leader that paid you to vote for him for non-performance is a waste of time; in fact, such curses returns back to senders because they already sold their right to demand for justice and good governance. Therefore, i advise young men to take their destinies into their hands. 2019 is another opportunity for you to take back your country and i urge you to do so but don’t do it with wrong people; ensure you send personalities like Osibogun to Abuja so that you don’t regret later” Adebanjo said.
Corroborating Adebanjo, a respected Ijebu Leader, Alhaji Adesanwo Maseka urged the people of Ijebu Central to united against looters and those that does not mean well for Ijebu land and Nigeria at large as the country prepare for another transition period. He hailed the emergence of Osibogun as SDP Rep Candidate for Ijebu central and admonished youth to legal luminary who he tagged as “easy going, agile and learned”
The SDP gubernatorial candidate, Chief Olatunde Rotimi Paseda who was represented by his Campaign Deputy Director General, Mrs. Yemi Layeni and the Treasurer of SDP in Ogun State, Mr Rahmon Oluwakemi enjoined the people to shun violence and vote selling stated that SDP is embedded with candidates to beat across the state.
Paseda who expressed confidence that the party would emerge victorious in 2019 general elections, promised to work with Osibogun and other young Nigerians to turn around the fortune of the state if granted the insignia of power.
The Ogun State women leader of SDP, Mrs Cynthia Ogbonaya who pledged the support of all women in the party to Osibogun, urged the candidate not to join the calibre of politicians who relegate women to “kitchen” after clinching power.
In his welcome address, the Director General, KOCO Movement, Prince George Badejo whose members put up the welcome party to the surprise of Osibogun, thanked all members of SDP and the movement across the three Local Government Areas (LGAs) in Ijebu Central Federal Constituency for their love and support since what he called “struggle for Ijebu Liberation” commenced few months ago, promising on behalf of the campaign organization never to let the people of the constituency down if Osibogun wins the general election.
In his appreciation remarks, Osibogun who is the Convener of Young Progressive Nigerian Initiatives (YPNI), a non-profit organization promoting entrepreneurship and citizenship studies among the youth of Ijebu and Nigeria in general thanked the KOCO movement for the warm reception and love showered on him. He urged them not to relent in their efforts to have quality representation and quest for good governance in Ijebu central and the state in general.
The Young Politician who is the son of Chairman and CEO of Space FM, Ibadan, Oyo State, Otunba ‘Deji Osibogun said he decided to join politics because of the condition he met Ijebu Land after returning from his sojourn abroad.
“I came home after my sojourn abroad and found out that Ijebu was the way I left it. No infrastructural development, no investment in the people. Let me promise here today before man and God that Ijebu land will undergo a never-seen-before human capital development with people oriented agenda if i am elected next year.
“I say today with all humility that what belongs to my constituents will get to the people if you send me to Abuja. The healthcare of the people shall be paramount to me. I will work with the state government to ensure that every Ijebu child have free and quality education up to secondary school level and by the grace of God and with your support, our youths, like we have been doing at YPNI, shall be trained and exposed to entrepreneurial skills so that they can be self reliance.
“And more importantly, I will join other like-minds to ensure the socio-political and economic restructuring of the nation of Nigeria come to reality so that we can all have a true federalism system as against the present unitary system masquerading as federalism.” he said.
Digging into the resume of this young man, one cannot but salute his erudition and candour. Born in Abeokuta, Ogun State, Osibogun is a practicing legal practitioner, notaries public and arbitrator. An alumnus of several distinguished universities, he holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from the University of Ibadan; a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Buckingham; and a Master of Laws from the University of Manchester. He is also a distinguished member of the Honourable Society of the Middle Temple, London, and a member of numerous other professional bodies including the Chartered Institute of Arbitrator London, and the Chartered Institute of Taxation Nigeria.
Osibogun is the founding Chairman of the Young Progressive Nigerians Initiative, a non-governmental organization focused on encouraging and promoting patriotism and entrepreneurship among Nigerians, and he is affiliated with numerous civil society groups. In addition to his philanthropic work in leadership and entrepreneurship, he supports children with educational scholarships.