Mr. Kola Oyeneyin, Convener of Generational Voices, a multi-party platform for young Nigerians interested in political engagement recently volunteered as a member of Professor Yemi Osinbajo’s campaign team, in what will be widely considered a definite boost for the GMB/PYO Campaign, by many young Nigerians.
In a statement issued yesterday, Oyeneyin noted that his decision to volunteer for the campaign team will enable him show his support for the candidate of his dream in the person of Professor Osinbajo; who is the Vice Presidential flagbearer of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
“After many days of soul searching, engaging family and friends, and seeking counsel from mentors, I have decided to step down as the Convener of GenVoices in order to serve as a volunteer in the Osinbajo campaign. My decision to step down is to ensure that my personal allegiance and decision to volunteer for the campaign of a candidate I strongly believe in, does not cloud the perception of GenVoices as an independent cross-party platform for young people’s engagement in partisan politics” Oyeneyin said.
Kolawole Oyeneyin is the CEO of Venia Group, an Investment, Technology, Strategy and Consulting Company. Prior to this, Oyeneyin worked as an Analyst with Electronic Data Systems (EDS) and as a Senior Business Analyst for Hewlett-Packard (HP), UK. In 2009, he became Business Manager of one of Nigeria’s foremost international educational institutions; The Lekki British School.
With a large number of followership cutting across business circles, religious and national divide, @MrSleevesUp, as he’s known on Social Media brings a degree of freshness to the Buhari/Osinbajo’s Campaign, nationwide. His ability to create mass appeal movements and mobilisation could definitely be one of the defining moments of the 2015 General Elections.
Although not a registered member of any political party, Oyeneyin believes volunteering for the campaign team of Professor Osinbajo is simply exercising his civic right.
“While I am currently not a card carrying member of any political party and largely uninterested in party politics at this moment, my choice as a private citizen of the Federal Republic of Nigeria affords me the opportunity to volunteer for individuals, parties or organizations that align with some of the values that I believe the premise of ‘Good Governance’ is built upon” Oyeneyin explained.
On the records of Professor Osinbajo, Oyeneyin, who is also a member of the Nigerian Leadership Initiative said “my personal admiration for Professor Yemi Osinbajo’s track record as a technocrat, advocate for the poor, rule of law czar, educational and economic sage, and a man of faultless character, has cemented my belief in the Buhari/Osinbajo ticket of the APC. I strongly believe that after 15 years of the PDP, which has delivered a number of goods to Nigeria in its own way, testing the full life cycle of our democracy by giving the opposition a chance to prove to us that they can do better is extremely important”.
While encouraging Nigerians to take a stand, the University of Nottingham, UK graduate canvassed “I and a huge number of my friends, colleagues in nation building and advocates of good governance have decided to go on sabbatical from our work and businesses for one month, to donate our time, resources mobilization and strategic support to the Buhari/Osinbajo campaign. I personally believe that this is a rescue mission of our beloved nation, Nigeria. There comes a time in history when sitting on the fence is as deadly as sitting on a timed bomb. There is no better time to take a stand as a people and a generation, in order for history and posterity to at least say we stood for something. #iHaveDecided!”