“If You Believe In Your Party Ideology, You Will ?Obey Its Directives”, Says Ashamu
Posted On Aug 23, 2016
It was? an heroic homecoming for real estate expert and property developer, Ibukun Tony Ashamu, as he visited Oyo, his hometown, yesterday.
An ecstatic Ashamu, who was a senatorial aspirant in the 2015 election, ?was accompanied by many notable leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the town, which included Chief Apeka Olokooba.
From Owode to Oke-Olola, his convoy snaked into the ancient town, with supporters jubilating over Omo Oloore’s visit.
At Kosobo and his Agbaakin Ashamu’s family compound in Agunpopo, where he was received by family members, friends and political associates, it was a carnival-like ?as they were entertained before going for the weekly general meeting of the APC in Atiba local government.
Decked in a black agbada and a wine-coloured cap to match, ?Ashamu, while addressing party faithful, said that: “more than before, I am committed to our party. There is no doubt about that. I did not only obey party’s directives in the build-up to last election, I listened to the voices of the elders. Though it was a decision for us, we are of the belief that discipline must be the core of anything we are doing. Constituted authorities should not be disobeyed. Every party has its guidelines. I can proudly say that I am better off for it.”
He continued: “It is just immoral for people who have agreed to always follow party guidelines to behave otherwise. Anyway, our democracy is still growing, though fledging, we are getting there gradually.
The Chief Executive Officer of Olive Group, commented further?: “I am a part of the political discourse primarily because I want to ensure that we get good representation at the right places and that we make the right policies for the country Nigeria.
“Unfortunately, in our campaigns all we see remain character assassination. I still hear people talk from left to right that I will do this; I will do that, with no numbers to it; no plan on how to achieve it. It’s just a dream. So, what we see in papers or on television are unfortunate. Who cares if a president will die in two days? Can you guarantee if you will live to see tomorrow? So, why is anybody making this a front burner and confusing Nigerians? What are your plans for Nigeria; how will your ambition better the lots of your people? These should be the focus of our campaigns.
On why he opted out of the last senatorial race at the ‘dying minute’ and why he remains unhurt by the decision, Ashamu who is also into ICT & Cyber Security said: “We are not prostitutes. I am in APC because of my ideological beliefs not necessarily because of getting tickets. Of course I had offers from different corners; come and take our ticket and run for the senatorial seat, but that will not show our good faith of building our party and our state. Look at Lagos State, all the people who contested for APC governorship ticket, including Hamzat, who came second and did wonderfully well, are still in APC. They believe in the party ideology. So, I believe that if you believe in the ideology of your party, you will remain no matter the current situation. As to whether I am not hurt because of the resources I expended, no, I am not hurt, I am not bitter because I believe politics is not a one day thing,” he added.?
Thanking the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi III for what he described as “a fatherly ?role for us”, Ashamu prayed for long life and prosperity for the monarch.
Remembering the late Alhaji Isiaka Ashamu, noting that “I just felt the need to come home -it has been long since we sat like this, to appreciate those who stood by us, agbo to ta di meyin, agbara lo lo mu wa. It is not only when we are in position of authority that we can empower the people. I will continue to use whatever I have for the upliftment of my people.
Reacting on behalf of the party leaders, Chief ‘Apeka Olookoba’ said that “Ibukun will always do something good. Everything will always come to pass. We have not gotten to where we want him to be, we’ll always support him. We need someone who deeply has ?the interest of the town at heart. I pray for our serving representatives at all levels; may God lead them aright,” he prayed.
Earlier, while donating money on behalf of his principal, Laide Olubuse, said he was proud of his boss, adding that “if we, the Oyos, have? the combination of my boss and the current lawmaker representing us at the House of Representatives, Prince Adeyemi Akeem, Oyo and the entire State will be better for it…”
Ashamu is the President and CEO of Olive Networks, a global company with a consulting arm (Olive Networks LLC) based in the United States. Olive Networks in Nigeria spans over various industries with its portfolio companies including Olive Estate, Olive Capital Management Ltd, and Olive Ashmart. He is also a Managing Partner IBT Capital LLP, a United State based Private Equity Firm.
Mr. Tony Ashamu is a passionate leader with a proven track record across the globe. He was instrumental in implementing the financial turnaround of 75 business units over a period of 12 months during his consulting career at IBM Global Services. Tony is also a seasoned engineer with series of high level certifications on CISCO, Microsoft and OPNET technologies.