Ondo: I’m eminently qualified to be Aiyedatiwa’s deputy – Charles Oludare

3rd June 2024

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A medical practitioner and philanthropist, Dr Charles Oludare, has declared that he is the best choice to serve as running mate to Governor Lucky Aiyedatiwa of Ondo State ahead of the November governorship election.

Oludare who is popularly called Marindoti said that he stands tall among other leaders and members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state to serve as the deputy to Governor Aiyedatiwa.

In this interview with Sunday Sun, Oludare gave reasons he is the best candidate to deputise Governor Aiyedatiwa in the next dispensation. Excerpts:

What differentiates you from other politicians in Ondo State?

I am different from other politicians in Ondo State in many ways. First and foremost, it’s important that I say a few things about myself. I am Dr. Charles Oludare fondly known as Márìndọ̀ti, a medical practitioner, youth advocate and a philanthropist. I was born and raised in Akure and I am deeply rooted in our community, having began my educational journey at Bishop Hughes Nursery and Primary School and FUTA Staff Secondary School, Akure, where the current Minister of Interior, Bunmi Tunji Ojo (BTO), served as my senior prefect. Although my parents are from Akoko, I see myself primarily as an Akure indigene, having grown up in Akure. My academic path led me to Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife where I studied Medicine and Surgery, a field I chose with the intention of serving our people. Upon completion of my studies at the university, I returned home to contribute directly to our community’s wellbeing. I completed my housemanship at the Federal Medical Centre, Owo, and worked at Oludare hospital, the very place of my birth, under my father’s guidance. Today, I bring a wealth of experience from the global healthcare sector, having worked with AstraZeneca, a multinational pharmaceutical company.

You are a medical practitioner, why are you into politics? What experience do you have in political circle?

My foray into politics was by accident of passion. I saw a video where Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu lamented on how the insults he received on social media was raising his blood pressure. I instantly felt the need to defend him because that’s what I would do if someone insulted my own father. I noticed that Governor Lucky Aiyedatiwa was being unfairly maligned by the powers that be. He was the only person that was looking after the best interest of his boss; we should all pray for family and friends who love us for the ideal of who we are and not the ideal of what we are and how that benefits them. I wrote to the Attorney General of the Federation to investigate cohesion of the late Governor Rotimi Akeredolu because as a medical doctor, I know no one should force an ailing man to work. That would be patient abuse. I believe the work I did in support of justice is why Governor Aiyedatiwa decided to appoint me as the Director of Contact and Engagement of his campaign organization. I am glad and privileged to have contributed my own quota to our governor’s emergence in the primaries. Honestly, as I become further entrenched within the world of medicine, I see more and more why politics is intimately related to the practice of medicine and, in fact, in some instances a necessity. My experiences have equipped me with a profound understanding of both local needs and global healthcare strategies, making me uniquely positioned to support the present administration of Governor Aiyedatiwa in multifaceted ways.

A group called Ondo Youth Era Crusaders is advocating for a young politician to be deputy governor to Governor Lucky Aiyedatiwa in the forthcoming governorship election and they have made you their preferred choice. How qualified are you for that position?

I will want to thank the group for reposing such trust in me, but if the governor would be so kind as to consider me for such esteemed position, I would not want to be considered merely for my age, but to be considered for my intellectual abilities and my love for my people of Ondo State.  You see I have been in the United States of America for close to 10 years now and I have spent every hour and every minute studying their system. These people are not remotely better than us; as a matter of fact I can boldly say we are smarter than them. They just happen to have been born in a better system which makes things work for them. I can summarize our differences in terms of community and communal living. In Nigeria we have a sense of community, your neighbour is your friend, we look out for each other, but we lack the sense of communal living. That sense that I don’t have to know you to do my duty in this community to you is what I call the sense of communal living. If we can develop our sense of communal living while keeping our sense of community we will fix all our problems, that contractor will do the best job when awarded a contract, that teacher will do his/her best to educate the future leaders and that doctors will handle your care to the best of its abilities. We are like that simple thread at the helm of our Aso-Oke, though our colour shines so brightly. We fail to see our purpose in the pattern of the aso-oke’s design. What happens when that thread gets pulled, you will see that the aso-oke loses its beautiful pattern, might even turn to shreds of threads. I believe I have a deep understanding of most of our problems and I have the ability to communicate effectively with ability to solving all of them. This is why I will consider myself eminently qualified for the post of a deputy governor more than anyone else.

What new value can you add to the government?

I represent a different generation; a generation that accounts for over 70 per cent of the Nigeria’s voting population, so I definitely bring a different perspective and different ways of thinking to the table. Democracy is a game of numbers, you need to build consensus and the government needs to be able to convey its plans and ideas to the people in a way that they can relate to. I believe I bring that unique relatability to the current government. I bring vitality and vigour and a whole lot of ideas. Some we have to invent, but most we just have to apply. There’s no need to re-invent the wheel when you can just put it on your wheelbarrow or car or suitcase and it works just as fine. I am an active listener, I am very smart and with an impeccable problem solving skills. These and many more are things that the people of Ondo State can benefit if I am so considered. Anybody that does not know me can make research about me. I am a very effective communicator. Theodore Roosevelt, the 26th president of the United States, said “people don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care”. I care about my people in Ondo State, I care about our elders, the people who raised me, the people that carried me when I couldn’t walk, sucked the mucus out of my nose when I couldn’t blow them myself. I love our people and I hate to see them suffer. If I’m considered for this post I promise that I will do my best and know no rest until they know no suffering. The world is increasingly assuming the character of a global village where best practices determine who makes the most progressive impact and stays ahead of others. If I am giving the chance to serve as his deputy, I will leverage on my international contacts and goodwill to attract varied international support for his programmes and projects.

What relationship do you want to build with Governor Lucky Aiyedatiwa and what added value would that bring to governance?

Relationship is simply defined in biology as the interaction between different organisms. Relationship is the bedrock of everything in life and it has to be nurtured. I have never met nor interacted with Governor Aiyedatiwa before, but I do hope to nurture a father-son relationship with him. You see, we’ve had series of Governor-Deputy governors relationships in Nigeria and even in our own Ondo State that has ended with a sore. It is imperative that we nurture a close relationship and bond that will be indivisible. Governor Aiyedatiwa thought me a lesson in loyalty, when the cabal tried to get between him and his boss, he remained loyal and defended his boss legacies. I will fight for Mr Governor everyday and will never fight against him for a day. When I disagree with him, my reservation will be discreetly expressed to only him and will never undermine him at anytime. His ultimate decision will remain supreme. In the final analysis, Ondo State possesses a wide range of potentials as in human and material resources which can only be successfully explored and exploited by men and women of integrity and clear purpose for the benefit of the people. I will not just lazy around as deputy governor, but assist Mr Governor to re-energise our people and institutions to our famed vibrancy in resourcefulness, entrepreneurship, administration and management.

SOURCE:THE SUN

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