Sunday, 6 August 2017

Babafemi Ojudu has the magic wand to salvage Ekiti State from Fayose’s misrule—Ojudu Mass Movement + Why Ekiti State needs deliverance


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Senator Babafemi Ojudu, SA to President Muhammadu Buhari on Political Affairs and Ekiti 2018 Gubernatorial Aspirant 

Tunji David an economist and political activist is the Founder of the Ojudu Mass Movement (OMM), a Youth Pressure group canvassing for the Gubernatorial participation of the Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Political Affairs, Senator Babafemi Ojudu to contest and rule Ekiti State in 2018. Ojudu, a veteran journalist and one of Nigeria’s leading anti-dictatorship journalist of the 80s and 90s was the one who beat incumbent Ekiti State Governor, Ayo Fayose in year 2011 to clinch the Ekiti Central Senatorial zone seat which took him to the National Assembly—Abuja. He is one of the leading candidates being touted for the gubernatorial election in Ekiti State next year and OMM believes he is the best man for the job. In this exclusive online interview with your Africa’s Number 1 Celebrity Encounter blog, Asabeafrika, Tunji David highlighted some of the qualities Senator Babafemi Ojudu is bringing to leadership in Ekiti state and why he remains the best man for the job. The Youth leader regretted that Ekiti state under the regime of Mr. Ayodele Fayose has retrogressed in terms of perception and development, almost falling into a Banana Republic. Enjoy the excerpts.
Who is Mr. Tunji David? Can you share your brief with us?
Mr. Olatunji David, Founder, Ojudu Mass Movement

Just like you rightly mentioned, I am Olatunji David, an Economist, a business man, a farmer, a father and husband who is conscious about good governance and development both mentally and physically.
Why did you start this movement and at what point did you decide to establish the Ojudu Mass Movement?
In answering your question, I will refer you to Proverbs 29 vs. 2,which states that ʺwhen the righteous are in authority the people rejoiceʺ and you know the vice-versa. It is a known fact of what Ekiti state has become today in the hands of the present government. This movement is borne out of passion for my state and my passion cannot be divorced from the person who can take us out of this precarious situation in the person of Senator BabafemiOjudu
 Is you organization a pressure group or an interventionist movement?
Mr. Olatunji David at an Exco meeting of his organization in Ekiti State
We are both a pressure and interventionist group. Ojudu  Mass Movement (OMM) is a world movement of Ekiti people to support the emergence and candidature of Senator Babafemi Ojudu for the 2018 Ekiti Governorship election. As at today Senator BabafemiOjudu is most qualified to occupy the seat at Oke-Ayoba in Ado-Ekiti. He is a man of integrity, a true son of Ekiti land, a progressive to the core, an Awoist, a man of great ideology, a man who has the interest and well-being of his people at heart, a mobilizer, a strategist, an experienced private and public servant and an astute politician. This is a man who has sacrificed a lot for the interest of his people and Nigeria as a citizen. He is the fear factor in Ekiti state politics. OMM is predominantly a youth movement which is mobilizing youths of Ekiti, home and abroad on the importance of making sure Babafemi Ojudu is adopted or emerges as the most needed person to bring the state out of the present dilemma it has found itself.  This movement is spearheaded by me; and a host of young progressive  minds like Engineer Femi Johnson Agbeyo, Olawale Omotoyinbo to mention a few of other young Ekiti thinkers who are doing great things within and outside Nigeria.
 A lot of people see Mr. Ojudu from the point of view of a conservative, though, rational journalist who strayed into politics. Do you think he is more than that?
The Hope of Ekiti People, Senator Babafemi Ojudu
I would rather call him a strategist and not a conservative. On whether he strayed into politics? No! He was one of those who fought for the return of democracy in Nigeria with respected people like Barrister Femi Falana (SAN). He was arrested, tortured and incacerated for his belief in returning power to a democratically elected President even after Chief (MKO) Abiola (Winner of June 12, 1993 election) was eliminated. Senator Ojudu as a political activist, journalist and administrator is the man who has the right prescription and dose to be administered to Ekiti state in the situation it has found itself today. As the present special adviser to the president (President Muhammadu Buhari) on political matters, his experience and connections cut across party lines. He is a bridge builder, he may not be the kind of man that shares money indiscriminately but he will teach you how to fish. I would rather be taught how to fish so I can make more and also teach other people, than queue on the streets of Ekiti and be handed crumbs like its done in the state today.  He is a man that I am privileged to have been with and I know what he is capable of doing. Senator Ojudu will never promise you what he won’t do, even his enemies can attest to this.
Do you think Mr. Ojudu has a bright chance to become the Governor of Ekiti State  in 2018 with the presence of other heavy weights like ex-Governor Segun Oni and Mr. Kayode Fayemi who is trying to make a come back according to grapevine sources?
Senator Babafemi Ojudu: Best Man for the Job, Ekiti 2018
Asking this question is like asking a student whose school fees has been paid and has written exams and passed and another student who paid his school fees and failed and you are now asking the student who passed  “Are you sure you will be promoted to the next class?”.  Senator Babafemi Ojudu has paid his dues both in Ekiti state and Nigerian politics. Mind you, he is the only man who has defeated the present governor of Ekiti state in an elective position. Engineer Segun Oni is a wonderful man and Dr. Fayemi have both shown to the Ekiti people what they can offer and you know you don’t have a second chance to make a first impression. Ekiti needs radical and quick changes and the injection of new ideas to its present economic downturn, high level of poverty, and dehumanizing way of living they’ve been subjected to. That is what Senator Babafemi Ojudu represents.
What are the leadership benefits your candidate is bringing to Ekiti as Governor of the state in 2018?
These qualities are what I have mentioned earlier. His leadership qualities cannot be overemphasized. He is not a man who practices politics of bitterness.
He is a man whose focal point is to make Ekiti state return to its glory of people who respect elders, people who have dignity of labour, a people who are not beggars.  You know Ekiti state is agrarian in nature, with Ojudu in authority, Ekiti state can be self-sufficient in yam, rice, and corn  produce and even feed the whole of South-West within the next 4 to 5 years. This is where we are taking Ekiti State to with an excellent mind like Ojudu
With the present political situation in Ekiti State, do you think the state needs deliverance?
Ayo Fayose, outgoing Governor of Ekiti State....Fed his people on the street with Yam, Rice, Cake and more....
The state does not only need deliverance, the state needs rescue and restoration. Honestly Ekiti state has taken the back seat in people oriented development projects in the past 3 years. I am an Ekiti man and I know what my people are saying. Salaries are not being paid for months and a governor is building a bridge that leads to nowhere. What economic benefit is a bridge that costs billions of naira to the people of Ekiti state when the people are hungry, parents can’t pay school fees and so on....? It is pathetic my brother. Our future and that of our children is being mortgaged. There must be salvation.
Ekiti will appear to have become a state that has suddenly digressed from her knowledge seeking posture to a food (stomach infrastructure) seeking conclave; how is your candidate going to convince electorate to change their view and search for the big picture (Infrastructural & moral development)
Olatunji David....'Our ambition is to give Ekiti a New Re-Birth'
You know this man has been a journalist and you know journalists feel the pulse of the people, they are always on the street. Senator  (Babafemi) Ojudu does not only feel the pulse, he is ready to administer the necessary medication.  People talk about the grass root, the fact that someone eats ponmo on the street of Ado-Ekiti or buys amala and ewedu at Iya Oyo does not make you closer to the grass root. Do you know how many times Senator Ojudu has eaten on the streets? The fact that he doesn’t post it on social media doesn’t make him less important to the people. It is so unfortunate that the psyche of our people is being played on. You cannot give out what you don’t have. Senator Ojudu is a man of high moral value. A state governor is not elected to criticize, he is elected to govern. Mind me, criticism is not bad, in fact I recommend criticism, but it must be done constructively. Criticism is not abusing elders and calling them names, wishing them dead.  
What are your campaign strategy to disseminate genuine information to an electorate which seems to be carried away with the stomach infrastructure orientation of the present governor of the state who normally shares foods and materials to them in public glare and before cameras?
Senator Babafemi Ojudu: Adored at home & Abroad by his People
As I said earlier, this is the pathetic situation Ekiti  state has found itself. I said it from the beginning that Ekiti state was making a big mistake, here we are today, all suffering for it. Please mention one factory that was setup in the last 2 years that employs up to 50 people. And government officials would rather prefer to line-up people who are old enough to be their father and mother and be feeding them with peanuts and asking men to pose with a sachet of rice, tuber of yam, pieces of cake meal and all that. It is quite pathetic and worrisome! It is alarming.
Can you share some of your feed-back from the Ekiti populace with us? Do you think they are tired of their present condition and need a new leadership different from the populist posture of Mr. Ayo Fayose?
President Mohammadu Buhari: Is Governor Ayo Fayose truly the Minister for Buhari Affairs?
Ekiti populace are not only tired, they have given up hope on this government. A governor who has abandoned his duty and decided to be commissioner for Buhari affairs, is that what he was elected to do? Go to Kebbi state and see the way agriculture is being used to develop the state, go to Cross-River, Lagos, even Ondo nearby, their level of developments will baffle you. Most places I have been to in Ekiti, they want salvation including party members of the present government; they all want change. A state where the governor is the deputy, he is the speaker, he is the procurement director and at the same time the contractor. I speak as an angry Ekiti man. Anyone who says what is happening in Ekiti is good, I wish same for them and I hope they would be glad if they are governed the same way Ekiti is governed.
What is your perception about RESTRUCTURING? What does it mean to you?
Tunji David to Asabeafrika....'The only Restructuring i understand is the deliverance of Ekiti by Ojudu in 2018'
The only language I understand about restructuring is how my state would be salvaged and restructured from the present state of inertia. Right now, Ekiti need to be restructured for good governance and a better condition of living and Senator Babafemi Ojudu is the answer. If we can restructure Ekiti and take the state off her present state of indolence then everyone can see us and deduce the proper meaning of restructuring. Believe me; we will deliver Ekiti from the throes of ineptitude. 
Do you have a role model? Who is your role model in leadership and life style?
Jesus Christ is my role model. Life should be about what you give to people and not what you take from them. A singer said Blessed is the hand that giveth to the world than taketh” (Lucky Dube)
What is your philosophy of life?
Tunji David....A very angry Ekiti man who desires change through Babafemi Ojudu 2018

My philosophy of life is that “life only makes meaning when you are able to impact others positively” it is not about what you have but about how many lives you’ve impacted positively. Giving is life and life is giving. That is how to rate  quality living.  You give good governance, quality and robust policy, better sense of living and every other good thing that can make life more meaningful for the ordinary man.  Life is about giving and giving is about building and building is about growth and development. Anything below that is slavery. My philosophy is taken from that prism of thought.
Tell us about your family; are you married? And lastly, give your words to the people of Ekiti State.
I am married with children. I want to believe my people have learnt their lessons, that good governance is not about eating amala, sharing spaghetti and cakes. Good governance is about teaching the people how to fish and not giving people fish. And I want to use this medium to appeal to all Ekiti youths, male and female, our elders in the interest of our dear state, in the interest of our future and that of our children and generations yet unborn, to come, let them ask questions and know the antecedents of those who wish to govern them . Ekiti a gbea o!

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