Oluyinka Oyeniji, who recently emerged the Lagos State governorship candidate for the Alliance for New Nigeria (ANN) has promised Lagosians to bring good governance to bear in the running of the ‘Centre of Excellence’.
Oyeniji, 38, emerged during the pre-primary governorship debate and election of the party, which held at Hall 36 of the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) Idi-Araba, Lagos.
Oluyinka Oyeniji, a legal practitioner scored 73 votes against his opponent, Ladejobi Adebisi, a logistic manager, who scored 45 votes.
Oyeniji assured Lagosians of transparency and accountability in his government adding that intellectuality will also be in display in his administration, should he emerge victories in next year’s general elections.
“We will try and fashion out something that will allow youth inclusiveness in government. Youths are not going to be left out in whatever we do in the state,” he said.
The governorship candidate, Mr Oluyinka Oyeniji in his acceptance speech said the race is not to the swift nor the battle to the strong but time and chance happens to them all.
According to him, he was the least prepared for the ANN election adding that he was the last to meet all the party’s requirements.
He said but the victory has shown that the yearnings of those suffering in Lagos State are loud for everybody to hear.
He said the chunk of votes came from Ikorodu and Badagary axis adding that those are the areas that are suffering in Lagos State.
“We are not going back on ensuring that proper and true development goes to Ikorodu, Badagary and all other areas that are suffering in the state,” he said.
He also described the signing of the ‘Not Too Young to Run Bill’ as a fraud and a sham saying it was ill thought of and ill implemented.
“For me why not also have ‘Too Old to Run’ as we have a President who is close to 80 years and still seeking for another four years. The ‘Not Too Young to Run Bill’ is a zero, how many young aspirants were able to pay for nomination forms, when the least goes for over a million naira, our leaders have stylishly screened the youths out of the electioneering process,” he said.
Lagos State Chairman of the Party, Mr Onome Ojigo said the Party decided to have a pre-primary debate in order to set the pace for other political parties across the country in ensuring that aspirants are properly engaged to find out what they have to offer the public when they come into office by selling their ideologies to members of the public so that they are held accountable at the end.
The Party’s presidential aspirant, Mr Fela Durotoye, who was present at the primary election, said every 20 years since 1959, Nigeria goes through a cycle shift to produce new crops of leaders.
“Twenty years after 1959 was 1979, Nigeria went from military rule to civilian rule through the ballot, also in 1999 which is another 20 years after, Nigeria again went from military rule to civilian rule by the ballot, 20 years from 1999 is 2019 Nigeria will again move from military-led democracy to a true democracy and it’s going to be through the ballot,” he said.
The Presidential aspirant also said he decided to join ANN because of its values such as integrity, transparency, excellence, merit and meritocracy which according to him are merits that will produce great leaders for the country.
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