PUSH NEWS 24 INTERNATIONAL : December 1st, 2021

Ahead of the 2023 general election across the federation, the posters of the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare’s Governorship Posters have flooded his home state, Oyo as well as various social media platforms.

Sunday Dare’s reputation as a journalist of conscience will require a catalogue to capture. I got to know him on the pages of TheNews and Tempo Magazines during the post-June 12, 1993 Presidential election imbroglio and the ensuing struggle to re-validate the sanctity of the mandate freely given by Nigerians to the winner, Late Chief M.K.O Abiola.

Two of the posters available to our Correspondent declared Mr Dare as the “People Choice 2023″

With “Vote Sunday Dare for Governor Oyo State” cospicously written on both.

The posters are said to be sponsored by “Dad’s Foundation”.

At TheNews, he was one of the popular young Turks like Bagauda Kaltho, Lara Owoeye-Wise, Ebenezer Obadare, Jenkins Alumona, Akin Adesokan, Ademola Adegbamigbe, Bamidele Johnson and Henry Ugbolue among others who were mentored by the irrepressible Bayo Onanuga, Kunle Ajibade, Babafemi Ojudu, Idowu Obasa and Dapo Olorunyomi. Sunday Dare and his cohorts at TheNews were undeniably the hotheads of guerilla journalism who irritated, in no small measure, the Abacha Military Junta with penetrating and exclusive stories that exposed the underbelly of the military government’s political chicanery.

Although rumours of his governorship ambition has been mooted around in quarters, Mr Dare has not declare is political ambition to be the governor of Oyo State.

Oyo State is currently controlled by the People’s Democratic Party, PDP under the governorship of Oluseyi Abiodun Makinde.

As if to buttress my conviction about his suitability, the Vanguard Newspaper recently x-rayed profiles of ministerial nominees, and that of Sunday Dare stood out as an intellectual and political communication lodestar. The profile read like that of a man on a continuous quest to unlock the door to personal excellence; a man with a will to win, the desire to succeed, and the urge to reach full potential. Indeed President Buhari made a good choice in the Minister-designate from Oyo State.

Mr Dare, a former commissioner in the Nigeria Communication Commission, NCC, was appointed minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria overseeing the ministry of youth and sports on August 21, 2019.

His close to two years stewardship is not without controversies and good records.

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