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I will not promote politics of bitterness ― Isiaka

I will not promote politics of bitterness ― Isiaka

A two-time governorship candidate in Ogun State, Prince Gboyega Nasir Isiaka has promised not to promote politics of bitterness and vengeance when elected as the governor of the State in 2019.

Isiaka who is the governorship flagbearer of the African Democratic Congress (ADC) said the State would have witnessed meaningful development if the previous government had embraced continuity.

He said this on Saturday while addressing members of the party, different political groups, artisans and association during a campaign rally at Ita-Ika in Abeokuta North Local Government Area.

Isiaka added that all uncompleted projects of the current administration of Senator Ibikunle Amosun would not be abandoned by his government if given the opportunity to serve.

“I can assure you that I am not like other politicians who promote politics of bitterness and vengeance. I will stay true to completing all uncompleted projects by the current government. After all, I can not write off eight years in the life of a State; even though some of the projects of the current administration area a bit suspect.”

“I remember when I lost the 2011 election to Senator Ibikunle Amosun, I was one of those who said that there should be continuity, and the governor should not put a halt to the good things of the OGD administration, especially viable projects that were not yet implemented before the administration wound up.

“We have about six million people in the State. We have to continue and not be vengeful. We cannot keep fighting this one and fighting that one. Mind you, these projects we are talking about are not being done by anyone’s personal money. These money belong to us all. It is ours and it is morally wrong to abandon them just because we don’t align politically or because we belong to different political parties.”

Welcoming scores of decampees from the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) into the ADC, Isiaka called on others to follow suit and join the ‘fastest growing party, reiterating his commitment to win the governorship election on his third attempt.

He said: “This is the third time I’m contesting. I’m convinced we are winning this time. It will be third time lucky for us. No one knows where the shoe pinches than myself. I have been in the State for a significant period now and I can assure you we are going to serve you well.”


Ogun 2019 : Religious Leaders Meet GNI,  Task Him on Tolerance, Spirituality

Ogun 2019 : Religious Leaders Meet GNI, Task Him on Tolerance, Spirituality

Ahead of the impending general elections in 2019, the Africa Democratic Congress (ADC) governorship candidate, Prince Gboyega Nasir Isiaka (GNI) has been urged to stay consecrated to God when he becomes governor, even as he was told to act as a unifying factor for both Christianity and Islam in the state.

This was the crux of a meeting between the governorship candidate and religious leaders during the campaign tour of Yewa North Local government area.

Representative of the Christian Association of Nigeria, (CAN), Apostle Lola Dada while extolling the virtues of the governorship candidate admonished him to be religiously tolerant and act ensure all religious groups have a level playing field in his administration.

“There’s unity between Muslims and Christians in Yewa Awori land and by extension Ogun State .Your government would not dissolve us. We can only appeal that you continue to work for the unity and progress of our religions. We would also be happy if things are shared equally among us all, since we are all one. Don’t be too busy to pray when you become governor. We want spirituality to be your watchword. God of Israel will be behind you.”

Apostle Dada further appealed to the ADC flag bearer to ensure that his government improves the fortunes of the Yewa people, noting that there is palpable penury in Yewaland, which must not continue when the GNI’s administration comes on board.

Speaking in similar vein, the representative of the Muslim Community in Yewa North, Alh. Olaleye Arolawa enjoined all sons and daughters of Yewa to give GNI massive support in the election.

He observed that the ADC governorship candidate is the best man to alleviate the suffering of the Yewa people, appealing however that he stays true to his campaign promises. ”

“This is the time God wants to put an end to our suffering. We must not lose this opportunity. There are no jobs for our children. This is not about party loyalty. If we continue to talk about party, we would not move forward. We can’t move forward except we produce a Governor. I urge GNI not to disappoint us.” he said.

Responding, Prince Isiaka vowed to cater for the welfare of religious leaders in the State, noting that his government would be religiously tolerant.

According to him, “I am not someone who opposes religious tolerance. Freedom of worship is everyone’s right.
I am a Muslim, but my wife is a Christian, and a Deaconess at that. Those who are close to me know how liberal I am when it comes to the issue of religion.”

“I can assure you that the welfare of our religious leaders would be one of our administration’s priorities. Our religious leaders are very important.Quality religion is important.”he added.





My attention has been drawn to a news headline, “I will return mission school to owners in 2019 – Isiaka”, published by one of the major national dailies; and which has elicited discussions and divergent opinions from many stakeholders of Ogun State.

While many applauded the purported decision, some also disagreed. All opinion on this matter count and I truly respect them and it makes me quickly feel the weight and burden of expectations of the people from the next administration, hopefully under my watch.

However, let me quickly state here that though not precisely reported, my statement is largely an intention borne out of the burning desire to effect a revamp of our educational system; and it was not as definitive as was reported.

“Excellence in Education” is topmost on our 7 Steps to Greatness manifesto and we intend to launch a comprehensive package on how to turn around the obvious qualitative and quantitative deficit and stop the decay in our educational system in Ogun state; and in the process secure a better future for our children.

Amongst the options being considered is to encourage the private sector, NGOs, religious bodies, alumni association and other varied interests in our educational sector; within the policies and guidelines of government in addition to the determination to expand and enhance educational infrastructure and facilities across the state.

This suffices to say that a comprehensive programme to guide our education plan is meant to be developed from an education summit where all stakeholders will express their interest; and a key component of that event will be conversations around the mission schools which I hope in the end will leave everyone satisfied and Ogun State better for it.

The debate the headline has generated in the last 48 hours had further confirmed our position that all is not well with our education sector in Ogun State. The dilapidating structures and decay in infrastructure that made some of our public schools look like piggeries needs urgent attention.

The morale of teachers is down because of lack of motivation and encouragement from a government that sees no reason to enhance human capital and the resultant effect is the low quality in education as shown in various external examinations in the state.

Indeed, our education sector is in dire straits and a State of Emergency will be declared – part of which is the planned summit. More importantly, Ogun people should be rest assured that none of our policies will burden the people, rather, it will bring ease and a life of abundance to all.

I remain with the people and like I always say, they shall be the focus of all our administration’s decisions. Therefore, I urge Ogun State people, teachers, students and all industry players in the education sector to ignore negative insinuations from mischief makers who hoped to take advantage of the debate to score very cheap political points.

I thank everyone that has contributed to the debate and it shows that we are all preparing for a people’s government that will usher in the Greater Ogun State we all desire.

Prince Gboyega Nasir Isiaka (GNI)
Gubernatorial Candidate,
African Democratic Congress (ADC), Ogun State.

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GNI 2019 Manifesto Agenda Launch and Guber Declaration

GNI 2019 Manifesto Agenda Launch and Guber Declaration

The State Chairman of our party, State Secretary, members of the State Executive Committee, the Director General and other Directors of my Campaign Organization, Political associates, members of different organized bodies and unions, other levels of invitees, Gentlemen of the press, ladies and gentlemen.
I welcome you all to this occasion which in my estimation is novel in our dear state; for it is the first time that any gubernatorial candidate will publicly launch a manifesto document and state a compendium of plans for the people. In our search for true nationhood and an egalitarian society, we have arrived at a stage whereby the electorate – who are the focus of government – must begin to see, feel and envisage the ideas that their future leaders have; and the shinning possibilities within.
In a short while from now, I will be presenting our suite of programmes that will power the Greater Ogun State Agenda; which we have diligently called, “7 Steps to Abundance”. However, it is appropriate to contextualize where we are coming from, where we are now and where we should be as a state. Between 1976 and now, Ogun state has evolved in terms of socioeconomic and physical growth having progressed from the rustic civil service state to an emerging hub in the West African sub-region.
Yes, we have taken huge leaps forward, but we are still punching below our weight in terms of development and exploitations of our inherent potentials. The core of the conversation around development is about the economy and how it is managed for the welfare of the people – and to this end, the state is still largely restrained and remains a bundle of possibilities.
In terms of human capital development, we always scored first, even though that is no longer the case – despite our early exposure to education – a situation that earned us the reputation as arguably the most educationally advanced state in the Nigerian federation. Ogun has also been a prominent feature in the political evolution of Nigeria as our foremost patriarchs shaped a veritable foundation for the creation of future stars; however, statistics from recent years have shown noticeable decline and truly the dreams of our founding fathers have not been fully realized; forty-two years after creation.
In my view, the fundamental aim of governance is about development, and I believe it is about creating an environment in which people can develop their full potentials and live a healthy, happy and productive lives in accord with their belief and interests; but this can only be sustained if it meets the needs of the present, without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.
I also believe that economic growth and social infrastructure are only means to an end. That end is human development; and as they say, the end justifies the means. Therefore, if what leaders, especially at state levels do is to concentrate on awarding contracts to build physical structures but fail to relate this to the effect on the people today and in the future, then such have only embarked on a medley of misdirected activities.
Arguably, Ogun state is one of the most blessed states in the Federal Republic of Nigeria, notably for its uniqueness and evolution. Bounded on the west by the Republic of Benin, to the south by Lagos State and a 20 kilometer stretch of the Atlantic Ocean, to the east by Ondo and Osun States, to the north by Oyo State.
The location is good, the weather is conducive, the soil is fertile, topography is favourable, resources abound across its geography and is blessed with talented human resources. The opportunities for growth are without bounds and the potentials for sustainable development are limitless.
We boast of a landmass of 16,762km2 that is both arable and fertile to grow a variety of economic and non-economic crops that grow all year round. Tropical rainfall starts within the third month of the year and ends around November for the dry season and harvest. In terms of topography, it has high lands to the north and lower lands to the west. We are uniquely located such that the entire south of the state is contiguous to the coastline of Lagos (Nigeria’s economic hub) while the same scenario replicates itself in the east via (Ogun waterside) that is bordered by the Atlantic. Ladies and gentlemen, all these are significant signposts of our abiding possibilities.
“If these potentials inherent within us have been vigorously and sincerely pursued in the last few years, devoid of politics and vendetta, the socio-economic development of the state would have been long established and the quality of life of our people would have been substantially elevated”.
But then, what is our current reality at this time? The public narrative in Ogun state today is that of despair at least within the majority. I see the precarious reality of our environment littered with increasing poverty, heightened insecurity, poor social and physical infrastructure, inadequate social services and ballooning unemployment.
I see lack in the midst of plenty, I still see people drinking water from sources worse than I experienced at growing up several years back. I still see clinics without drugs, taps without water, homes without toilets, schools without roofs, high maternal mortality, children dying from avoidable communicable diseases, communities without decent roads and many more relics of underdevelopment. “In all of these, I see the palpable failure of leadership and bad governance at all levels and conspiracy of pliable followers”.
Today the fortunes of Ogun state is reversed and good governance have taken a backseat. There is official deception, misuse of taxpayer’s monies and bad governance. Our public finances is broken as basic principles of fiscal sustainability are not adhered to. With deficits and debt servicing on the rise, there is also reduced revenue and high deductions of federal allocations.
Compared to our population, Ogun state received N14,343 per person, with IGR contributing approximately 74.08% to total revenue in 2017. In that year however, the state’s recurrent expenditure projection of N102billion was higher than the actual revenue received. What this shows is that Ogun’s debt is slowly assuming proportions at a pace that should worry the custodians of the common purse and even the masses particularly.
With an external debt overhang of $107.5million as at December 2017 (up from $103.4million in 2016), coupled with an increase in domestic debt that rose from N58.38billion in 2013 to N106.53billion in 2017 (totaling N140billion as at 2018), Ogun state’s debt servicing costs will create big dent in future revenue prospects and may hamper future developmental plans because domestic debt servicing is accelerating at 18% every year. What this indicate is unsustainably high executive financial mismanagement.
Away from the numbers that is at best precarious at the moment, their negative social and economic impact on the people is even more shocking. Running an economy should be about the people and where a state incurs debt, it ought to be tied to projects and programmes that significantly enhances the people’s welfare and also has capacity to regenerate income for the state.
Today, very important sectors of our socioeconomic life are in shambles and decrepit state – education, healthcare and rural development particularly rural roads. A visit to most of our Primary healthcare centers, comprehensive healthcare centers and even the general hospitals – will reveal a shocking decay; where there are no infrastructure and even personnel. A situation where a local government has just one doctor, serving as administrator and at the same time as clinical officer! Our teaching hospital at Sagamu that was adjudged the second best as at 2002 is now a mere consulting clinic, no infrastructure while the best hands there have fled to greener pastures; you can visit the place!
Secondary health care in Ogun state is in shambles as our facilities are dilapidated structurally and functionally. No basic equipment for usage, No emergency preparedness etc

GNI  declares for African  Democratic Congress (ADC)

GNI declares for African Democratic Congress (ADC)

[Being text of the address delivered by Prince Gboyega Nasir Isiaka (GNI) at a Press Conference heralding the birth of a new dawn; holding at the Oke-Ona hall of Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library on Friday 1st June, 2018]

1. Distinguished guests, eminent political figures, leaders of thought, political associates, my immediate family members, members of the fourth estate of the realm, well-wishers, ladies and gentlemen. I welcome you all to this press conference convened to intimate the good people of Ogun state and Nigerians in general, about what for me, constitute another watershed in my political career which has spanned the last fourteen years.
2. Today takes on added significance for two reasons. First, it is a sober day because we are disembarking a course that has witnessed many twists and turns; some pleasant, some not too pleasant. Secondly, today represents a paradigm shift as we are charting a new path that is not only full of shinning potentials but one that affords us the unhindered expression of our values and beliefs; for there is no greater misfortune that can befall any man than the inability to give vent to his innate desires.
3. I titled this brief address ‘Reinforcing the Belief’ because my political trajectory thus far has been founded on my personal belief in many ideals on how a decent society should evolve relative to the growth of its people. I and my team have in the course of this journey taken many decisions that have birthed different results; but in all, I thank God for where we are today. Two matters have largely defined my political career thus far; the first being that I have contested to be governor of Ogun state on two occasions and that naturally raised a lot of issues; some within and some outside my control. The second is that within this period also, I have had reasons to traverse different political platforms and alongside this comes political gladiators I worked with and the experiences from it.
4. It is important that I situate political journey within context. I came into public office in 2004 when the opportunity beckoned to serve as the Group Managing Director of Gateway Holdings Limited, the state’s investment management company. That was a PDP administration which did its best to awaken the social and economic situation of the hitherto sleepy state.
5. You all recall I aspired and emerged the gubernatorial candidate of the party in 2011 but intraparty politics thwarted that mandate. Our group, upon wide consultation, moved into the PPN, where I contested the 2011 election as its gubernatorial candidate. After the 2011 election, we took the next few months to reflect on what was and what could have been. We concluded that the PPN was a necessary vehicle that served a purpose at a time and may not necessarily carry us into the future. The outcome of that reflection and further consultations culminated in our group joining the Labour Party which we built into a virile platform until fate decided otherwise.

6. Towards the end of 2014, the evolving national conversation dictated that political parties needed collaborations and realignments of political interests; the outcome of which eventuated our move back to the PDP where I, later on, emerged its governorship candidate and contested the main elections. While these matters are well documented and now confined in the historical portmanteau of posterity, I can in all of these say that the decision to make those platform changes were circumstantial and indeed got one to reflect on the challenges of political parties, their processes and the need for far-reaching reforms that bother on internal democracy and respect for extant rules of engagement. From the totality of my experience, some of the lessons further learnt are that:
• Notwithstanding personal convictions, the need to show good faith to diverse political interests and serve group objectives are always prevalent; and that contradiction oftentimes does not help the polity.
• Politicians and political parties must imbibe the desire to always reinforce the truth and promote equity, fairness and justice as abiding parts of our democratic culture.
• We also must, as of necessity promote values and cultivate the moral conviction needed to follow the noble path and reject what contradicts personal principles and beliefs.
• The need to ensure strong electoral platform capable of delivering our goals is beyond mere fight for structure control; therefore, common goals that is crafted in an ideology may be the way out of that challenge.
• Above all, the idea of party supremacy may still be far-fetched in our clime even though it is the way to go; nevertheless, the institution called political parties must be strengthened to de-emphasize party ownership and control by an individual.

7. After having chronicled my political experience in order that they are situated appropriately for future referencing and the lessons derivable from it, I must at this juncture pass my sincere gratitude to everyone that has contributed to the journey so far, chief among who are the former Ogun state governor, Otunba Gbenga Daniel and Senator (Prince) Buruji Kashamu; for their support at decisive times. My extensive appreciation also goes to several personalities (too numerous to mention) that supported me in one way or the other over the years. I wish everyone well in their different political and other endeavours.

8. Ladies and gentlemen, what does the future hold for me? After the 2015 election, I reflected on our politics relative to the BELIEVE philosophy that we have propagated for about a decade and discovered that this philosophy needs to be reinforced with new ingredients around the central theme of VALUES. This became important because, the current political system is glaringly corrupted and broken. It is bereft of right values and subscription to good democratic ideals. The political parties, especially the major ones have proven to be huge disappointments and incapable of enhancing the socio-economic welfare of Nigerian citizens.

9. Consequently, I and my team interrogated this failure and concluded that the total collapse of values and morals in our national fabric have contributed to this national decline. The result of our inquest nudged us to create a Movement that is today called The Believe Movement (TBM); a sociopolitical and advocacy group geared towards values orientation, mass mobilization for civic responsibility, socioeconomic intervention for the less privileged and promotion of good governance. For us, these ingredients reinforce our beliefs that society can be better than what presently obtains and that the people can achieve their God-ordained potentials given the right environment.

10. I am pleased to inform that since its official launch in December 2016, the Movement has gone about its goals in a most focused manner and today records over 200,000 strong people of Ogun state who have fully subscribed to the message that things can be done differently. We are daily inculcating our people with the orientation that has elevated their values, character and integrity. They have also embraced the principle of delayed gratification which entails that they prefer to reject inducement by dishonest politicians who offer only temporary enjoyment – in favour of more enduring dividend of good governance. Beyond the promotion of the objectives of this movement, we recognized from the outset that the ultimate goal is to use governance to drive those laudable objectives and which means that The Believe Movement will be politically affiliated at some point in the future – if it must meet its goal of ensuring good governance.

11. I was all the more glad when in recognition of the failed system, the national conversation shifted to having mass movements of the people towards national emancipation. The major one was broached by our father, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, which is the Coalition for Nigeria Movement (CNM). There is the other one, Nigerian Intervention Movement (NIM) and others like Red Card Movement and Save Nigeria Movement. I was also present when former President Olusegun Obasanjo alongside other patriots, did symbolic registration as CNM members. My open identification and registration also, was because I believe in the objectives of CNM as a national movement having been promoting a similar movement in Ogun State over a year earlier.

12. We again note that the former president stated emphatically that the CNM will eventually empty into a political party (after which he will personally take a back seat). Further to the foregoing and very recently, the CNM in conjunction with other stakeholders adopted the African Democratic Congress (ADC) as the preferred platform to restore the dignity of Nigerians. I must at this point salute the former president who is a great Nigerian and true African Statesman for his patriotism, vision, leadership and courage – to chart this path for us all. As he takes a back seat deservedly, the challenge has been thrown to us all to keep the vision alive and run with it till Ogun state and Nigeria becomes a better place for all. I urge that we kindly give him a rousing applause in absentia.

13. You all recall that on 24th May 2018, I resigned my membership of the PDP due to the perennial and intractable crisis which has festered to an extent where the hope of reconciliation continues to dim inexorably; especially in Ogun state. More importantly, the party did not offer a veritable podium for us to propagate the good ideals of TBM; and for me, that makes the party irredeemable. Having correctly exited the PDP, our movement has fully crystallized meeting most of its objectives and now needs to affiliate with a political party that shares the same values with it. Friends, I am again on the threshold of positive history. It was Dante Alighieri who in his famous tripartite epic poem said that “The hottest places in hell are reserved for those who in the period of crisis maintain their neutrality”. Another great icon, Martin Luther King (Jnr) could not but agree with Dante when he echoed that, “I agree with Dante, that the hottest places in hell are reserved for those who in period of moral crisis maintain their neutrality”. Luther King then added, “There comes a time when silence becomes betrayal”.
14. For me, Gboyega Nasir Isiaka, having come this far, I cannot afford to betray my supporters, the people of Ogun State and my generation; hence my new platform decision. I have received the inspiration of God and having extensively consulted my political associates, friends, supporters, important stakeholders, well-wishers, voices on the streets and my immediate family, I formally announce and declare my membership of the African Democratic Congress (ADC); effective today 1st June, 2018. I also have the approval of the Board of Trustees of TBM to announce the adoption of the African Democratic Congress (ADC) by The Believe Movement.
15. The ADC is the third force that is morally conscripted to offer Nigerians an escape route from the failed promises of the status quo and the party that connects across Nigeria today, most movements and people who believe that we must depart from the worn out system of mediocrity, cronyism and corruption; which the APC and PDP represent. We have elected to align with a platform that is devoid of the entrenched retrogressive politics and which believes in the dignity of citizens and human capital development – as the fundamental focus of its governmental imperatives. While we recognize that party is not yet a finished product and will continue to fine-tune its processes, we have the conviction that we can use the ADC platform to reinforce our belief:

That our people can enjoy a better, happy and contended life given the human resources and natural endowment of our state – Through values-driven governance.
That good, accountable and people-centred governance is achievable if there is sincerity of purpose by those entrusted with power which will restore trust and confidence of the masses.
That we can initiate new ways of thinking that aligns our systems and processes such that government is organized to work; and transform our economy to one driven by teamwork, knowledge and technology.
We believe that we can reform our political system to enable it become ideologically driven, properly managed and people-oriented; in order to assist our people’s electoral choice based on sound criteria like Character, Capability, Courage, Integrity, Sincerity of Purpose.
We believe that the trust and confidence in the government by the governed is the key driver of participatory democracy; therefore we must ensure equitable distribution of opportunities and developmental initiatives across our communities without discrimination or undue preference.
Undoubtedly also, we can put our dear state and nation at large on the path of peace, opportunity, equity and prosperity for generations to come.

16. All of the above is what we hope to use this new platform to achieve. I urge every Ogun State citizen and Nigerians in whole to join the ADC today as the only credible alternative. The road has been rough, the journey has been tortuous but the end will be soothing and give everyone a life of abundance. I remain committed to pushing this agenda to its actualization. Finally, we must all convince ourselves to do the right thing that will help our society; for Edmund Burke said, “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing”. The battle to give our new party a head start will be tough, but we must be convinced in our mind to give it all it takes in order to obtain the price. Victory is always possible for he who refuses to stop fighting.

17. Today, our belief has been reinforced and we can be optimistic of a better tomorrow. I thank you all for listening and wish us safe return to our respective destinations. Ogun state and Nigeria shall be great again. I Believe.

ADC…..Arise !!
ADC…..Arise and shine Nigeria !!!