ABEOKUTA – A House of Assembly aspirant in Ogun State, Dr. Ololade Kehinde has attributed lack of popularity and fear of the unknown as reasons behind the motive of those opposing direct primaries in the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Dr. Ololade who addressed journalists on Tuesday at the NUJ Press Centre, Iwe-Iroyin House, Oke-Ilewo, Abeokuta said the adoption of direct primaries would put an end to “imperialism and political dictatorship.”
Kehinde, a lecturer at the College of Medicine, University of Lagos, noted that a true democrat should not be afraid of direct primaries.
The APC aspirant, who is contesting for Abeokuta South Constituency 1, rejected the controversial consensus arrangement adopted by Governor Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State.
He submitted that, consensus would thwart the wish of the people, arguing that a true democrat would never be afraid to test his or her popularity among the electorate or party followers.
Ololade explained that, direct primaries would limit coercion, imposition, rascality and checkmate political leaders’ execesses.
“Direct primaries is a one stop solution to impunity, imperialism, rascality and political dictatorship.
“What is consensus? The initial meaning I have is the thwarting of the wish of the people by a few powerful people. A democrat will never be afraid of of the test of his popularity among the people he claims to lead,” Kehinde said.
He commended President Muhammadu Buhari and the National Chairman of APC, Adams Oshiomhole for “aligning with the fundamental principles of democracy” on direct primaries.
Speaking on his ambition, the aspirant said he was poised to serve his people in the legislature by pushing for legal frameworks that encourage youth empowerment and promotion of adequate healthcare delivery.