Before the year 2011, I never thought I’d contest any post in NANS. The rot in d system was visible even to the blind and audible to d deaf. However, I contested d Presidency of UI Students’ Union that year which my opponent narrowly won. At that period, I met a man who was a veteran NANS stakeholder and after our interaction, he asked me to contest in NANS. His reason was that he saw traits in me similar to d Late Moses Oisakhede (NANS President who died in a car crash in 1999). He told me that he was on that journey and Moses actually died in his arms. He had been looking for one who can replace Moses in his heart and in me he found his catch. Accepting to contest was not easy either. After d Bayelsa convention I started giving it a thought but I made up my mind after d January subsidy saga. I had a heartache with the conduct of the NANS President(s) during the struggle. I started consulting and I had my reservations. My major fear was availability of Campaign funds. I started my campaign much later. No one gave a rookie a chance to be a contender, except Hon Segun Olaleye (Radical Brother) but I was not discouraged. The campaign took me to the nooks and crannies of this nation. Many times, people advise me to step down and run for a lower office but I remained undaunted. Despite the lack of support from my local Union in the early stage of campaign, I pushed on and got the endorsement of NANS Oyo axis. The rest, they say, is history The Uyo Convention has come and gone along with its tale of gang-ups, electoral manipulations, alliances and betrayals. I owe a lot of appreciation to everyone who played a role (postively or negatively). Special thanks to OYO JCC of NANS who took a stand for me, even when my local Union could not. I thank Radical Brother for believing in me and investing in this agenda. I thank d Management of the University, especially the Dean of Students, Prof Alada for showing concern. I thank the SRC of UI for approving my candidature. I thank Tokunbo Salako for seeing reason at the end of the day. I thank Comrade A4 for making us appreciate intelligence (One may not appreciate intelligence until we see foolishness).To those who run their mouth, rejoicing at d downfall of another, I say God bless u. I thank every member of Team UI to Akwa Ibom state (Madt fun crew) Before I stop, I must reiterate the fact that we are not losers. The Presidency of NANS might have eluded us due to our collective negligence and d imperfect nature of the electoral process but we proved a point. We may be down but on the bigger picture we won. . . Aluta Continua, Victoria Ascerta!
Adelabu Adeola (LABZY)
NANS Presidential Candidate