Nigerian Presidential aspirant Olasubomi Okeowo, who indicated interest to contest in the 2019 Presidential election, has pulled out following a controversial interview with Laila Johnson Salami and Falz.
Presidential aspirant, Mr Olasubomi Okeowo of The African Democratic Congress Party (ADCP), had stated in the interview that Nigerians are not created to produce because they are blacks. Announcing his new decision of not contesting on Instagram, he wrote;
Maybe we should see things from another perspective. As much as I and my campaign team have not called any Nigerian unproductive or say that the black man cannot produce anything, myself have only said invariably we should focus on our strength and come together as a people to resolve our needs. If anyone is angered, let them turn the anger into productivity and show us all it can be done. As much as I don’t lay claim to know it all, I will Honorably stand down to allow a more qualified candidate go for the post. I regret any speech that may sound derogatory and want to use this opportunity to wish Nigeria and Nigerians well.
I agree with you and I am equally pained. I did not mean we can’t do great things as Nigerians, I just wanted us to maintain focus and shift energy to the right places. Sorry if I offended you. I am about to issue a statement apologizing to our youth
Never will I look down on my people as unproductive. But I have felt the pains of Nigerians youth now and I felt their pulses also. Now that I know what we need to do, I and my team will swing into action to focus our energy on production. Long live Nigeria
Olasubomi Okeowo, is the last son of Chief ATG Okeowo of Ogbogbo Ijebu, Ogun State, a civil engineer of choice in the entire Western Nigeria, when the colonial masters left. During the industrial revolution of the 60s and early 70s, Late Engr. Okeowo constructed the famous Allen Avenue, Aromire, Oba Akran, the Sagamu Abeokuta expressway and many inter-city roads across Nigeria. Backed with this kind of background, Okeowo Olasubomi was forced to toe his father’s acumen in dint of hard work. Born on June 26, 1975, Okeowo first bagged a first degree in Philosophy from the then Ogun State University (now Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago Iwoye,) after which he proceeded to study Law at the prestigious University of London.
The Presidential aspirant is an author of two books, ‘1001 insane things we do as Nigerians’ and ‘Why Nigerian businesses don’t survive three years’. He is also the Group President, Enviroque Technologies International Limited, based in Parkville, Maryland, USA.