Gbenga Olawepo-Hashim, businessman and former presidential candidate in the 2019 general elections has joined the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) in what is said to be a move to rejuvenate his long-term struggle for the improvement of the lots of the people.
In a statement on Wednesday, Olawepo-Hashim said that he is opting for the APC to actualise his vision because the party is not just populated by people with whom they founded the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), but also because the party is a reasonable pathway for the preservation of the unity and progress of the nation.
He stressed that he is now also convinced about President Muhammadu Buhari’s passion for anti-corruption even though critics have questioned the effectiveness of his anti-corruption crusade.
In his words “the other party does not even care a whim about curbing corruption and regrettably, its members celebrate their newly adopted legacy of graft and display of criminal opulence. The other party is a far cry from the community of honourable men and women that it was in 1998 when we launched it”
Lately rated with President Buhari as one of the most engaging political leaders online, Olawepo-Hashim revealed that he has formally registered in Usuma ward as it is procedurally required, and this was “after series of consultations with his longtime friends and associates of over 23 years, His Excellency, Abdulrahman Abdulrazak, the Governor of Kwara state”.
He has also received support and encouragements from Senator George Akume, former Governor of Benue state and current minister of Special duties, who is equally an important leader of the party in the North central zone, and a major political ally since their days as founding members of then ruling party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in 1999.