As the political activities of the 2022 Osun state gubernatorial race is building up, Federal lawmaker, Hon Bamidele Salam on Monday has said Dr Akin Ogunbiyi who is one of the high contenders with Senator Ademola Adeleke is not useful as governor.
Ogunbiyi had contested the PDP ticket for the 2018 governorship poll but narrowly lost to Adeleke, polling 1,562 votes as against 1,569 votes. Ogunbiyi had declared interest in securing the ticket of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the 2022 Osun governorship election.
Bamidele who is representing Ede North/Ede/ South/Egbedore/Ejigbo Federal Constituency at the National Assembly while featuring on a private radio station in Osogbo, Rave FM during a political talk show programme, Frank Talk monitored by our correspondent noted that Ogunbiyi can be useful in other political offices.
His words: “The party is not divided along Dr Akin Ogunbiyi and Senator Ademola Adeleke, it is just a mere aspiration which is normal in politics. Politics is not about noise-making, it is about acceptability, networking and capacity, so if anybody talks about the Adelekes’ today, it is like a brand, they have earned it, not like anybody dashed them. The senior Adeleke was the governor of Osun State. The family has a name that anyone desirous of political success can leverage on.
“I know Dr Akin Ogunbiyi very well, he is a brother that I respect so much but you know that when we talk about politics, we talk about the name, influence, networking, Ogunbiyi is nowhere near the Adelekes’. I give him due honour, he is a very good and capable man but he can also be very useful in other areas but certainly not as the governor in this time around.”