FORMER media aide to immediate past Senate President, Mr. Kola Ologbondiyan has signified his interest to contest for the national publicity secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP during the party’s national convention slated for December 9th in Abuja.The aspirant who is currently a member of the Editorial Board of Thisday Newspapers is bringing his wealth of experience of 25 years of robust journalism into the position if elected.
Ologbondiyan aspiration to contest which was contained in a statement titled, Expression of interest for national publicity secretary of the PDP, read in part “I write with every sense of humility to inform you of my desire to serve as national publicity secretary of our great party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) I hail from Kogi state, North Central Nigeria.“I am an alumnus of the University of Lagos and the Nigerian Institute of Journalism, Lagos. I am a journalist by training and practice. I worked with Nigeria’s political flagship newspaper, THISDAY, where I rose to become the organization’s Group Political Editor between 2006 and 2007.
“In June 2007, I was appointed Special Adviser, Media & Publicity to the 6th & 7th President of the Senate, Senator David Mark GCON, a post I held till 2011. I contested the 2011 House of Representatives primary election on the platform of our great party, PDP.
“I was reappointed into the same position of Special Adviser, Media & Publicity to the President of the Senate, Senator David Mark, between 2011- 2015, a responsibility I discharged creditably. Presently, I am on the Editorial Board of THISDAY Newspaper.
“I believe that my journalism journey of 25 years which cruised through news reporting to the image and perception manager of the number three citizen for eight uninterrupted years has placed me in the best stead to manage and project the corporate image of our great party, the PDP. I therefore earnestly request for your support towards realizing this goal .“If we must get our party back on track, the PDP needs the services of experienced technocrats and professionals like me to reinvent the narratives of the noble ideals for which this great party was known and accepted as the most populous political party among the black human race.
“It is also imperative for us to accept the reality that our party will not have the privilege of another learning curve in the 21st century. We should therefore carefully seek the best candidates for our leadership positions.“I have no doubts that in our collective desire to return our party to her glory, you will find my experience and media contacts very useful both in the traditional and new media. I promise to do all that is noble, right and legitimate to repackage and reposition the PDP as the hope of Nigeria and Nigerians”.
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