By OKUNADE ADEKUNLE
All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate in the forthcoming Lagos East Senatorial District bye-election slated for October 31, Mr Tokunbo Abiru, has reeled out his legislative agenda for the people of the district, assuring them of his commitment to the party’s manifestoes.
Abiru made this known in his acceptance speech delivered during the campaign flag-off for the Lagos East Senatorial District bye-election at the party secretariat in Ikeja, Lagos, on Monday.
While reeling out his legislative agenda to the party leaders and members, Abiru vowed to join hands with other National Assembly members from the state to secure a Special Status for Lagos in view of its role as Nigeria’s commercial, financial, industrial, media and entertainment capital, stressing that the pressure on the state’s infrastructure due to federal establishments and the massive rate of migration into the state was enormous.
“Joining hands with my senior distinguished colleagues in the Senate, Senator Oluremi Tinubu and Senator Olamilekan Adeola, and the Honourable Members of the House of Representatives from the state led by my dear brother, Right Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, to further efforts to secure a Special Status for Lagos State in view of its role as Nigeria’s commercial, financial, industrial, media and entertainment capital; the pressure on Lagos State infrastructure due to federal establishments like seaports, airports and military installations; and the massive rate of migration into Lagos State from all over the country.
“A deep desire to contribute towards improving national economic performance including in particular national revenue generation, industrialisation, infrastructure development, financial deepening and inclusion, national broadband coverage, employment generation and poverty reduction.
“I intend to pay particular attention to the following projects and initiatives which have a significant impact on Lagos East Senatorial District in particular and Lagos State in general; speedy completion of the rehabilitation of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, accelerated completion of the ongoing Epe-Ijebu Ode Expressway and ancillary industrialization along that axis, development of the tourism potentials of the Ibeju-Lekki area with enhanced development of hotels, resorts, golf courses and other world-class entertainment and hospitality projects in the region, sustained industrial and commercial investment in industrial/commercial areas within the district including Ikorodu, Epe, Ibeju-Lekki, Shomolu and Kosofe, urban renewal, regeneration and security in the entirety of the Senatorial district.
“I promise to establish and institutionalise programmes for the poor, the vulnerable, the unemployed, the aged and for youths and women generally to create empowerment, employment generation, capacity building, employability and poverty reduction within all parts of the Senatorial District. I have done this as a private citizen and will sustain and enhance such activities as an elected Senator,” Abiru said.
He explained that he accepted the nomination with humility and gratitude, and thereby appealed to the party leaders and members not to rest on their oars.
“We have complied with the requirements of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the constitution of our great party. Now we have a great task ahead to canvass voters from house to house and convince the undecided or unenthusiastic registered electorate to vote APC in the bye-election. We have the onus to end the culture of apathy that always characterizes our elections. In Lagos, we have six million registered voters. In Lagos East alone, there are about two million registered voters. This figure is an invaluable political asset we must deploy as party faithfuls to make an unambiguous statement for the political future of our state.
” To all our leaders and members in Lagos East, this bye-election presents us opportunity to prove this point. This means we must diligently convince all our registered members not just to vote on the day of the bye-election, but canvass undecided registered electorate to cast ballots overwhelmingly in our favour,” he said.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had declared the senatorial seat vacant due to the demise of Senator Bayo Osinowo aka Pepperito on June 15.