Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party has announced its prospective parliamentary candidate for Bath.
University lecturer, entrepreneur and hybrid management consultant, Jimi Ogunnusi, has been put forward by the party to fill this role.
Mr Ogunnusi was born in Nigeria, has taught at the University of the West of England for nearly two decades, and is a Chartered Manager and Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute (CMI).
He says he is delighted to have been given this chance.
“It is an honour and privilege to have the opportunity to represent the great city of Bath – a place I love and the best city to live, work, and raise a family,” he said.
“During my international travels, especially in other Commonwealth countries, people and businesses talk very highly of Bath, whether they have either visited it or would love to visit in the future.”
Mr Ogunnusi stressed “we must respect the result of the referendum”.
“From the experience of my own birth country, I know what it’s like to be governed by and subservient to an unelected body,” he said.
“I know what is like to live under a false illusion of democracy. The greatest gift we can leave the next generation is not money, nor status, but a genuine democracy answerable to its people, and acting on the people’s instructions.
“Trust in our democracy is paramount. The alternative is opening Pandora’s box – leading to the breakdown of our respected systems and structures.
“We must respect the result of the referendum, there is no moral nor democratic alternative.
“David Cameron our then Prime Minister said, and it was understood equally by all…”the referendum will be the final decision. When the British people speak, their voice will be respected, not ignored. There will not be another renegotiation or another referendum.”
He added that although Bath has its challenges, he believes under his leadership, the Brexit Party can overcome these issues.
“Bath is now my home city and of course it does have its challenges,” he said.
“With vision, leadership and hands-on expertise in solving complex problems, working with other leaders and representatives, and the people of Bath directly, we can overcome these issues and bring even more prosperity and greatness to this our great historic wonderful city.
Christina Jordan, who was elected as a Brexit Party member of the European Parliament for South West England this year, said Mr Ogunnusi has a wealth of ‘inspirational and leadership skills’.
She said: “I have had the pleasure of meeting and working with Mr Jimi Ogunnusi.
“Jimi is a valuable member of The Brexit Party and provides a wealth of inspirational and leadership skills.
“His unique ability to present complex issues in a simplified way is just one of the many assets Jimi brings to party, country and now the people of Bath.
“His tenacity in getting the best out from people will ensure they reach their true potential irrespective of the obstacles in their way.
“I am delighted to support and endorse Jimi Ogunnusi as The Brexit Party PPC for Bath.”