Four other members as candidates for the state assembly election.
|Abiodun Bamigboye (File Photo)|
The Socialist Party of Nigeria (SPN), Oyo State Chapter held its State Congress/Governorship primary on the Saturday, 29th September, 2018 to elect its candidates in the forthcoming 2019 general elections in the state. This event which was organized at the event centre owned by the Nigeria Union of Local Government Employees, NULGE, Oyo State Chapter was presided over by a three-man electoral committee comprising Barrister Alfred Adegoke, Comrade Kola Ibrahim and Comrade Kolapo Oladapo. Comrade Alfred Adegoke is the National Legal Adviser of the SPN and party’s gubernatorial candidate in the just concluded election in Osun State while Comrade Kola Ibrahim and Comrade Kolapo Oladapo are the State Secretary of SPN in Osun and SPN Chairperson in Oyo State respectively.
At the end of the primary which lasted for over three hours, Comrade Abiodun Bamigboye was unanimously voted by party members as the Governorship candidate of the party in the state. Abiodun Bamigboye is a longtime activist and socialist who is a prominent figure in the struggle of Oyo State workers and retirees against poor working conditions, unpaid salaries and pensions. Abiodun Bamigboye is an Exercise Physiologist by profession and currently the acting National Chairperson of the SPN and the state Coordinator of Democratic Socialist Movement, DSM.
Other members of the party were also elected as the party candidates for the state house of assembly election. These are comrade Adigun Ayodeji for Ibadan South-West constituency 2; Comrade Omokunle Omodele for the Ibadan North Constituency 2, Comrade Richard Matthew for Ona-Ara Constituency 2 and Comrade Qudus Folorunsho for the Oluyole constituency 1.
None of these individuals who emerge as candidates of SPN paid nomination fees or any other kind of charges. They were elected because of their long-term commitment to the socialist programmes of the party which among other things is the collective ownership of the state resources under the control and management of the committee of workers, youths and poor masses and the judicious use of same for the needs of the people to uplift their standard of living. This is against the prevailing situation in the state where the state resources is often used to advance the profit interest of the few billionaires who are either in government or masquerades as contractors.
|Abiodun Bamigboye in solidarity song with members of Electoral Committeee: Alfred Adegoke (SPN National Legal Adviser) and Kola Ibrahim (Osun State Secretary)|
The 38 years old Abiodun Bamigboye, revealed during his acceptance speech that an SPN-led government will be committed to three cardinal programme. These are free and quality education, free and quality basic health care and publicly driven infrastructure and agricultural programme with capacity to guarantee massive and gainful employment opportunity and begin to alleviate poverty and insecurity in the state. To guarantee these, SPN will place its elected political office holders on the salary and allowance earned by civil servants. An elected Governor under SPN will not receive security vote and any other jumbo allowance. Instead, all resources and allocations including on security will be publicly declared and subjected to a democratic control and management of committee of workers, artisans, traders, community people and relevant professionals
The regime of Contract system will be abolished under an SPN-led government. All public works including construction, renovation and repair of roads, hospitals, schools will be done through a public work programme by the ministry of works. All past regimes, contractors and the debt incurred in the name of the state will be probed by the committee of Civil servants, students, professionals (lawyers, doctors, lecturers), Artisans, clergy men/women. All big business owners and billionaires in the state will be appropriately taxed to finance public utilities while all forms of obnoxious taxes like security tax imposed on the poor people by the Ajimobi-led government will be reversed and cancelled.
All the elected candidates of the party later signed an oath that they will always defend the socialist programme of the party. Barrister Alfred Adegoke in the closing remark revealed that all the elected Candidates will later be led to court to swear to an affidavit in order to give the oath a legal backing.
Comrade Kolapo Oladapo Comrade Ayodeji Adigun
State Chairperson State Secretary