By OKUNADE ADEKUNLE
As the battle for the replacement of the late Tunde Braimoh in the Lagos State House Of Assembly among political parties hots up, an aspirant under the platform of the ruling All Progressives Congress ( APC) and Assistant Publicity Secretary of the party, Hon. Abiodun Musiliu Salami, has obtained his nomination and expression of interest form at the party’s secretariat at ACME road, Ikeja.
Salami, who was accompanied to obtain the form by some supporters and leaders of the party in Kosofe Constituency 2, made this known on his media campaign platform on Friday morning.
” I, Hon Salami Abiodun Musiliu today (Friday) collected his nomination and expression of interest form for the position of Lagos State House of Assembly Kosofe Constituency 2. May Almighty Allah say Yes to this positive dream. Amen.”, said Salami
The aspirant was during the week endorsed by some key stakeholders and leaders in the constituency.
It would be recalled that Salami in a recent interview with journalists explained that he was prepared to represent the constituency adequately, saying that he would facilitate more projects to the constituency if elected.
He added that his political experience was enough for him to excel in the position, stressing that he had been with the people of the constituency for years to know and understand their challenges.
” On my political antecedent, I was elected as the Assistant Secretary of the then Somolu Local Government, when Ikosi Isheri, Kosofe, and Agboyi Ketu were under Somolu Local Government. I was elected as the Assistant Secretary of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) in Somolu Local Government. The records are there and before you do that you have to be a delegate and I contested as a delegate and won. Among the delegates, I was elected as the Assistant Secretary.
” In 1996, I contested as a councillor with the largest polling booth at that time, then we had 139 polling booths. It used to be called Ward F2. I won the councillorship with landslide victory and with my activities I was elected as the Supervisory Councillor for Agric, Rural and Social Development that same year because we used to practice parliamentary system then, that was during the UNCP era. We were contesting for some other positions then. Later, I became the Personal Assistant to the then Minister of State For Finance, Senator Jubril Martins Kuye.
” I am a modest person, I don’t look for money desperately. I was privileged to have been elected as the Assistant Publicity Secretary of the APC in Lagos State”
He added in the interview ” On my constituency, , I have never been far from them, the kabiyesi, the okada riders, the market women, people in the motor parks and others. Go and ask everybody about me, they know who I am and I am not ready to destroy the name and I would not encourage my children to destroy it.
” The only legacy I am giving my children is education and morals. Also, I will encourage sporting activities as a footballer myself, a big time footballer. I will encourage football and other sporting activities. We lost it when we stop focussing on sports. Those days when we had sporting events, things were okay. Nowadays, you see our youths roaming about and the talents are there. We should encourage sports, which is what I cherish about the present Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu. An idle mind is the devils workshop, when you have something doing you would not commit crime.
” In those days, we used to play football and we were being engaged and employed. I will encourage sports because I don’t want idleness. The youths would go to school and participate in sports. I will also encourage the CDAs to relate more with me. Some of them want employment, the more you are accessible to them, the more you would get things done easily for your people.
” My antecedents show who I am. When I was working with the minister, I know how many people I facilitated employment for. How do we go about it, we had a format, the minister drafted papers and I draft too, he would sign and he would put his career at stake to sign for you. We get people employed into the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Customs and other paratstatals under the Ministry of Finance”