A few months ago, the world was stunned with the pitch to palace story of George Weah who after enjoying an illustrious football career went on to become the president of his country, Liberia.
In Nigeria, no football icon has declared intention for the country’ presidency yet, but a former Nigeria international, Segun Odegbami, has said he will on Wednesday formerly declare his gubernatorial intention for Ogun State.
In a media release by the former right winger fondly called ‘Mathematical Odegbami’, he said he will formally join the Labour Party and subsequently enter the gubernatorial race on that platform.
“On that day I shall become a member of the Labour Party and be officially welcomed on that political platform as a gubernatorial candidate for Ogun State in the forthcoming 2019 General Elections,” Mr Odegbami stated
He added; “I am taking the first step on behalf of all disenfranchised persons in the state. It is now irrevocable and irreversible.
“Our ‘bank’ of contributions is also now open, and I humbly ask for your support and prayers particularly through the period of critical take-off period.
“My team of volunteers will be outlining our programs through the next few months in various media.”
Mr Odegbami is not oblivious of the difficult journey he is set to embark on. But just as he was fearless on the pitch; cutting through the toughest of defences with his dribbling skills and power-backed shots, he says he is ready for what politics will throw at him.
“Knowing my background and temperament, that is a giant step to take. I cannot even start to imagine the consequences of that action.” the former Nigeria international admitted.
“But what I can clearly imagine is a vision of the Gateway State in Nigeria that can be a testimony of limitless possibilities in our country, and in Africa within a very short time.
“But this will require, very essentially, the right kind of leadership!”
“The key is leadership – one untainted by the sharp experiences of the convoluted and polluted politics of the day; one with an unblemished record of service to his State, his country and to humanity; one with integrity, one with capacity and the courage to dare even in the face of the dangerous precipice on which the country perches…”
Mr Odegbami hails from Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital will first seek to be the LP candidate for next year’s governorship election in the state before he is ready to challenge the candidates of other parties.