SPEECH DELIVERED BY THE CONVENER/DIRECTOR GENERAL OF DEMOCRATIC NETWORKS FOR ASIWAJU/SHETTIMA (DNA) REAR ADMIRAL SAMUEL ILLESANMI ALADE (RTD) SIA AT THE LAUNCHING AND INAUGURATION OF THE DNA EXECUTIVES AT SIITA HALL, ALAGBAKA AKURE ONDO STATE ON TUESDAY 27TH SEPTEMBER 2022

SPEECH DELIVERED BY THE CONVENER/DIRECTOR GENERAL OF DEMOCRATIC NETWORKS FOR ASIWAJU/SHETTIMA (DNA) REAR ADMIRAL SAMUEL ILLESANMI ALADE (RTD) SIA AT THE LAUNCHING AND INAUGURATION OF THE DNA EXECUTIVES AT SIITA HALL, ALAGBAKA AKURE ONDO STATE ON TUESDAY 27TH SEPTEMBER 2022

Protocol

1. The political Group known as Democratic Networks was formed in 2018 specifically to drive the local government chairmanship election and Governor Akeredolu reelection in 2020. This was in addition to helping to harmonize the APC family in Akoko North West LG. The group was very formidable and able to achieve its objectives as APC massively won the 2 elections. This group has now been reorganized towards the 2023 Presidential Elections with HE Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu as the APC Party Flag Bearer and to be known as Democratic Networks for Asiwaju/Shettima (DNA). The campaign group was approved on the 20th September 2022 by the national body of our great party headed by his Excellency Alhaji Abdullahi Adamu to serve as a support group for the party and to ensure that, our activities are in synergy with the party’s guidelines and constitution.

2. The aim of this group is therefore, to canvas and convince the electorates on why they should massively cast their votes for the presidential candidate of our great party in the person of His Excellency ASIWAJU BOLA AHMED TINUBU the Jagaban of Borgu and his running mate His Excellency Alhaji KASHIM SHETTIMA.
3. According to the Independent National Electoral Commission, youths and women could determine winners of 2023 poll, since they form over 75 percent of the registered voters in Nigeria. Population projection from the national population commission indicates that Nigerians of 18 years and above are about 112 million and this is the critical voting population. About 60% of this are youths of ages 18-40 years i.e about 68 million of the total population. This situation evidences the fact that youths hold the ace to any electoral victory since democracy is a game of number. However, this cannot happen without adequate and deliberate voters’ mass mobilisation. The youth will form an important part of DNA’s efforts and will be well recognized. This is why our great party APC, has seized the initiative to approve campaign groups across the country, including this great group DNA, as the rallying point in mobilizing the support towards our presidential election victory in 2023.

4. From the 2019 Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) data, women constitute a powerful electoral group with millions of votes accounting for about 47.14 percent (39,598,645) of the 84,004,084 registered voters nationwide. Similarly, house wives rank third on the list of registered voters by group in the 2019 election representing 14.10 percent of the total registered voters. This is very significant and that is why the women fold must continue to be relevant. In DNA, women would be well recognized and carried along.

5. At this point, let me congratulate all the executive members being inaugurated today. Your antecedents led to your nomination and I believe that with you, the Democratic Networks for Asiwaju/Shettima DNA will get to the promise land; but we must note that this will require a great deal of hard work, commitment, loyalty and sincerity of purpose to achieve greater things. In politics, it is common for people to blame betrayals for failures. I do not think so. There would always be 2 sides to a coin; but the coin remains same. Your perceived enemies today could become your genuine friends tomorrow. We must therefore, accept everyone as long as he or she is ready to share our vision at any point in time. APC is progressive and should remain so. Thus, all those who share the tenets and aspirations of DNA are very much welcome. Let us work assiduously together to deliver our Presidential candidates, Asiwaju and Shetima in the forthcoming 2023 general elections.

6. Our candidate, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu is most worthy to win the election. He was the governor of Lagos State between 1999 and 2007. As governor, he recorded tremendous achievements in the areas of power generation, economy, health, infrastructure development, education and many more. It is on record that the development blue print being used in Lagos State today was developed and approved by him. The evidences are there for all to see. I have no doubt that he is very capable and have the capacity to rescue our country.

7. In the same vein, our Vice Presidential candidate, HE Senator KASHIM SHETTIMA is a seasoned administrator who was 2-term governor of Borno state; a state most affected by the Boko Haram insurgency and he had the unenviable task of ensuring that the people enjoyed good governance. It is well known that he ensured reconstruction of towns and villages destroyed by Boko Haram. In 2016 he created the ministry of reconstruction, rehabilitation and resettlement that was saddled with the task of rebuilding all public buildings and homes of the displaced persons. Our Golden Boy of Borno excelled in the areas of Housing, Education, Infrastructure, Internally Displaced Persons rehabilitation, job creation and security. This is in addition to his vast experience in the private sector administration. Therefore, DNA is poised to make it happen.

8. For effective administration of DNA, the following roles and responsibilities must be guarded jealousy by all executive members:

a. Expansion of the existing structure of this noble group in all the local governments and wards for effective mobilisation.

b. Mobilizing the electorates in all the local governments and wards to vote massively for our presidential flag bearer, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu

c. Ensuring massive turn-out of voters within the ages of 18-40 years to vote for our presidential flag bearer.

d. Engaging women across the entire local governments and wards in the state to sensitize them on the need to cast their votes massively for Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

e. Employ all available media apparatus including online social media platforms for mass mobilisation of Ondo State electorates to vote for Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

f. Upholding the APC Constitution and guidelines in the conduct of all affairs of Democratic Networks for Asiwaju/Shettima – DNA

g. Ensuring proper coordination and directives of the Democratic Networks for Asiwaju/Shettima DNA across the chain of command and control from the national, state, local government to Ward levels.

h. Ensuring that Democratic Networks for Asiwaju/Shettima DNA maintain sense of decorum and discipline at the presidential campaign rally.

i. Promote house to house mobilization of the electorates to vote for Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu/Shettima.

j. Ensuring prompt and positive responses to any emerging issues of interest to the Democratic Networks for Asiwaju/Shettima DNA in our respective local governments/wards.

k. Shun any acts of violence while engaging in an issue-based campaign.

l. To ensure proper accountability in the discharge of our responsibilities as members of the Democratic Networks for Asiwaju/Shettima DNA.

m. To ensure regular DNA group meetings to keep our supporters together.


9. Finally, let me make it clear that DNA will not operate in isolation of the APC constituted guidelines and command structure. As we all know, Mr Governor is the leader of our party in Ondo State and by the Grace of God, the SW Zonal Coordinator for APC Presidential Campaign Council. We must work closely as may be directed. I therefore, seize this opportunity to congratulate our Governor, Arakunrin Akeredolu SAN, for being so recognized. Our promise today is to ensure his overwhelming success. I also congratulate him for the National Honour just bestowed on him by Mr President, Muhammadu Buhari GCFR.

10. I want to appreciate all our DNA leaders, members, the youths and political associates for believing in this project. My political journey has been very interesting and revealing. You will recall that I contested for the Senate in Ondo North Senatorial District. The primary election has come and gone but the lessons learnt are for the future. I thank all those who stood by us and I believe that with God on our side, better days are ahead.

11. On this note, it is my privilege as the convener of DNA, to launch this political movement and inaugurate its executives to the glory of God and benefits of all.

Long live DNA
Long live APC
Long live Ondo State
Long live Federal Republic of Nigeria.

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