A Lagos Lawmaker, Hon. AbdulSobur Olawale, has asserted that the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, is the most qualified politician to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari in 2023, saying that he had the understanding of the socio-economic system of Nigeria.
Olawale made the assertion in an interview with WESTERNPOST in his office at the Assembly Complex, Alausa, Ikeja, Lagos.
The lawmaker who is representing Mushin Constituency 2 in the Lagos State House of Assembly, stated that the management of the affairs of the country in 2023 cannot be left in the hand of inexperienced politician who lacks the understanding of the diverse nature of Nigeria State.
” We need to understand the fact that Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu made many of the politicians in power in Southwest and even beyond. Tinubu has excelled as a talent hunter, and a pacesetter who can really identify good quality in people and place them appropriately”, said Olawale
” He was the one that spotted Vice President Yemi Osinbajo during his tenure and appointed him as Commissioner For Justice and as well made the Former Minister of Works, Power and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola, as Governor of Lagos . I queue behind the school of thought that clamour that Tinubu should contest for President in 2023″, he stated.
He added that Tinubu had shown that he could successfully run the affairs of the country by his pedigree on how he economically re-engineered Lagos when he governed the state between 1999 to 2007.
” He should go for the presidency because of his political spread across the country and his outstanding achievements as Lagos Governor. He is a detribalised Nigerian whose spread cut across all the six geopolitical zones”, said Olawale
The lawmaker argued that no level of conspiracy against Tinubu in the party before 2023 can stop him, saying that he did not foresee any division within the party that could affect the presidential aspiration if Tinubu shows interest.
Speaking on the high rate of insecurity in the country, the lawmaker accused the federal government of not being sensitive to the security challenges, stating that it is high time the President changes the security chiefs and rejig the security architecture of the country.
He added that a major problem facing the security was the alleged mixing of ethnicity with military posting, saying that military posting should not be politicised so as to achieve result.
Olawale further called for the quick institutionalisation of state police so as to curtail the current security challenges facing the country as he supported the proposed working together of Nigeria Police with the Oodua People’s Congress ( OPC) in curtailing the kidnapping menace in the South West.
“If State Police has been in place before now, it is certain that we would not be experiencing this problem of insecurity in Southwest. I am in support of state police and as well as Community Police because they would be the one that will know who is who in the community”, said Olawale
Olawale who is representing his constituents for the second term, reassured them of his continued empowerment of the youths and women residing in the constituency, stating that his recent donation of Free School Buses to pupils in the constituency was a starting point for new good things coming to the constituency because he knew that they were in need of it.
” I will continue from where I stopped in the 8th Assembly and I had started the 9th Assembly on a good note as I recently donated two school buses to the pupils for free ride to school in the morning and afternoon. My free computer training programme which I started before becoming a lawmaker would continue and as well women empowerment programmes like the gele tieing training and so on, will continue” , said Olawale
He, however, stated that Lagosians should expect more people-oriented laws from the House in this 9th Assembly, saying that the lawmakers would perform better in the discharge of their legislative duties than in the 8th Assembly.