By Charles Akinbode
Prince Adesoji Masilo Adeleke has emerged the chairman of the Osun State chapter of the political party, Because Of Our Tomorrow (BOOT).
He was elected at the party’s Osun State Congress held on Wednesday at Jasper Hotel in Ede.
Other elected officers of the party include the secretary; Mr. Gabriel Ifeoluwa Ajala, the assistant secretary; Mr. Sunday Femi Adewale, the financial secretary; Mr. Ajibola Ismail Olaniyi, the publicity secretary; Mr. Abdulazeez Abdufatai, the auditor general; Mrs. Damilola Abidemi Akinwale, the treasurer; Miss Sijuwade Adewumi Adeleke, the youth leader; Mr. Femi Amos, senatorial youth leader; Mrs. Lateefat Kehinde Adenike, the women leader; Mrs. Ramota Omolara Azeez, and the state legal adviser; Barr. (Mrs.) Susan Olubunmi Ajeigbe.
In his acceptance speech, the new chairman said the party has mapped.out strategy to make it attractive to people and to form the government in the forthcoming Osun State governorship election.
He said: “We promise all our members and supporters not to disappoint them for the trust they have reposed in us. As the local government election in the state is approaching, we are going to establish presence in all the 332 wards in Osun. We shall continue to mobilize our people through a house to house campaign to win the forthcoming council polls and in preparation ahead of the state 2022 governorship election.
We are going to operate an open door policy. As committed and responsible members of the great BOOT party, we shall also listen to myraids of advice and constructive criticism to enable us plan for the future generations in accordance to our party’s slogan, Because Of Our Tomorrow.”
Adeleke said the BOOT has made a historical innovation in pattern of voting in Nigeria’s democracy with the electronic voting introduced to the election of its principal officers in the just concluded state congress.
He described the BOOT Party as a pace setter in Nigeria’s electoral system, saying the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) followed the party’s e-voting election process that eventually produced the party’s state executive council.
He acknowledged the leadership of the BOOT’s national chairman, Comrade Sunny Adenuga and members of his team.
Adeleke also expressed appreciation to the party’s national officer, Dr. Tuyi Mebawondu, who led others, including Mr. Japan Ekpenyong, Mr. Femi Ojikutu and Mrs Mary Ann Egwuatu, as electoral committee to supervise the election.
Earlier in opening remarks, Dr. Mebawondu has assured that BOOT will live up to its name by focusing on tomorrow.
He said the challenge for all Nigerians is rebuilding the nation from the present rot that are experienced daily in health, education and other sectors of the economy.
He assured that the BOOT has come to provide an alternative and responsible leadership that Nigerians are yearning for, saying the party through an open and transparent internal electoral process proves that its capacity to lead Nigeria out of the woods to prosperity.
He advised the people not to despair but to consider the BOOT in all future elections because “we are not like the other parties that are busy discussing only how to rotate power between the North and the South with no clear understanding of the nation’s problems and that not ready to address national issues of insecurity, poor economy, unemployment, corruption and a host of other challenges facing Nigeria and its people.”
Adeleke and other members of the exco were sworn-in immediately after their election.
Representatives of the INEC and men of the Department of State Services (DSS) were present at the congress to monitor the execise.