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“I’m a Native of Kemta’ Odeda Chairmanship Aspirant, Oludotun Sofela Declears

Over the weekend, The Odeda local government chairmanship Aspirant under All Progressive Congress (APC) Hon Oludotun Sofela met with a team of pressmen in his Obantoko home, where he shed more light on his aspiration and dream in Odeda Local Government.

Press: Can we get to meet you sir?

Sofela: I am Oludotun David Sofela JP. I was born some 50+ years ago. I started school at All Saints Anglican Primary School, Agbe, Olodo Ward in Odeda Local Government, where my uncle was the headteacher. few years later he was transferred to St. Joseph RCM Isabo, Abeokuta. That was where I had my First School Leaving Certificate from there I proceeded to Nawairudeen High School, Isabo, Abeokuta.

I graduated at Nawairudeen High School in the mid 80s. My flair for technical craftsmanship took me to Government Technical College, Sanni Luba Road, Ijebu-Ode where I had certificates in Trade Tests 1, 2, 3 and later secured Diploma in Craftsmanship.

Press: What is your working experience?

Sofela: I started working with Construction One Nig. Ltd in 1989 and later joined several other furniture making companies. I was a hardworking man. I led the crack team that erected the gatehouse of FUNAAB and the main road into the university. A minor site acident that I had got my mother agitated to the extent that she had to stop me from working with that company. She then brought me to her shop and I assisting her in her sales. Not long thereafter, I opened my own outlet named FISDAM Cool Spot, Obantoko. I was running that cool spot in a rented appartment in Obantoko from where God gave me the blessing of West Point Guest House, Asero, Abeokuta. Today, to God be the glory I have over ten people working with me and Yours Sincerely is the Chairman/CEO.

Press: Are you a politician and if yes, for how long have you been in politics?

Sofela: I am a politician with a difference. I am a politician with a second address. I do not base my livelihood on politics. Therefore I do not take politics as a vocation rather it is a call to service; service to ones community, people and to God. Yes, how long have I been in politics? But I cannot give you a dateline. In 1996, I had my first shot at the polls where I contested for councilorship position of Obantoko Ward under the defunct UNCP. I won that election alongside the then Chairmanship candidate of my party; Chief Gbebe Ijaduola. Our stay couldn’t last longer as the death of Gen Sani Abacha trauncated that nascent democracy. But during that shot spell of One and half years, I was made the Supervisor for Health of Odeda Local Government. Again in 1998, precisely December 5, I ran for another election conducted by INEC led by Hon. Justice Ephraim Omorose Akpata Rt’d Justice of the Supreme Court. I won that election alongside Basorun Dayo Soremi as the Chairman, we completed our tenure of three years. It will interest you that I contested the 1998 election under PDP during a time when PDP was an aberration in South West and AD was the major party. That’s to show you my strenght of popularity and acceptance by my people and community. For your information, I was the only PDP Councilor then while AD had 4 and the ruling party in Odeda, APP had 5. I stood out as the only PDP councillor. Since then, I’ve never left politics. I’ve been partly concentrating on my business and also supporting party leaders to support our party candidate at every succeeding elections. It will be very imodest of me to now begin to mention those that I have supported or helped to contest and win elections over the last two decades.

Press: What is your takehome on your two tenures as a Councillor in Odeda?

Sofela: I have gannered too numerous experiences but the most inspiring of it all was the charge Late Chief Gbebe Ijaduola gave us. He said none of his supervisors should be an office supervisor rather he charged us to be on the field and have first hand assessment of the happenings. So at this standpoint, I had the opportunity to tour all the ten wards of Odeda Local Government and it is from this particular experience that I will direct all my supervisors to work more on the field than in the office.
The advantage of it all was that I had knowledge of all the nooks and crannies of Odeda Local Government as a supervisor for Health.

Press: What is your claim to Odeda Local Government?

Sofela: Thank you very much. I so much appreciate this question as it is a major factor in our orientation in Odeda Local Government. Of a fact, my father is from Ijebu Village in Obantoko Ward. While my mother is an indigine of Kemta, Egbaland. She hails from Iyanbu Village in Odeda Ward. It was the emergence of spring water known as “seleru” that sent her family out of Iyanbu Village to Alagbayun Village all in Odeda Ward of Odeda Local Government. You know I have heard a lot about this talk of “Ijebu ni Dotun e ma dibo fun”. But I have to ask them, where were they when I went into my first public election in 1996, where were they also in 1998? Do I still need to tell them that I have lived all my live and business in Abeokuta? Or perhaps I should referr them to my uncle Elder Sunday Benjamin Ayorinde otherwise known as “Baba Tisa” in Alagbayun Village? Baba Tisa has been a major politician in Odeda Ward and he’s active and willing to talk to anybody on this issue. Another person worthy of mention is Alhaji Jamiu Adeoye Oguntade, Balogun of Kemta, Egbaland who hails from Apakila Village of Odeda Local Government. Let me tell you all that Alhaji Jamiu Adeoye Oguntade is my uncle with whom we both lived together at Apena Oderinde’s compund in Oke-Ijeun, Abeokuta. If anybody isn’t clear about all these, such a person has to see Alhaji Oguntade for further consultation.

Press: What do you have to say about other contestants?

Sofela: Unfortunately I don’t like to discuss people I prefer to discuss issues rather than people.

Press: (laughs) Ok sir! Can you let us into your plan for the people of Odeda?

Sofela: My plan for Odeda is to create an enabling environment for all stakeholders; be you male, female, young or old. We shall return Odeda to it’s glorious days and birth a new dawn in Odeda. Haven’t you heard of Odeda D’otun? That’s our dream!

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