By Akinwande Soji-Ojo
An aspirant for Oyo Central Senatorial District on the Platform of Peoples Democratic Party(PDP), Comrade Wale Ajani, has said this is the time to bring a new order to legislation in the senatorial district and change the narrative.
Speaking at a press conference in Ibadan on Thursday, Ajani said politics to him is service to humanity, adding that the senatorial district deserves a youthful representation.
Ajani, who is a structural engineer and former President, National Youth Council of Nigeria, explained that he is contesting because National Assembly is the place where he can advocate for the people domiciled in Oyo Central Senatorial District.
He said: “When I look back at Oyo Central, where I hailed from, the truth is that we have had Senators, and they have really done their best, but it could be better as far as I am concerned.
“Again, if you had gone to school and have used typewriter, you can’t use iPad now. And we are now in the generation of ‘soro soke.’ National Assembly is purely for legislation. National Assembly is where you go and advocate for your people.
“If I could check well, our people rarely talk. And there is this Yoruba adage that says ‘aile soro, ibere oriburuku ni.’
“Again, I looked at so many indices and I felt like, yes! I can do it. In fact, Yahaya Bello is a friend and he is a second term governor. Who is saying that we can’t do it? Talk of anything, we have it. We can do it. That is the way I see it.
“So, I believe that we can change the narrative. We can bring a new order to legislation in Oyo Central.There are a lot of people that are coming out, and some are saying omo kekere yen. The truth is that, I know in National Assembly, you have to struggle if you are bringing something. Failure to do so, you may end up not getting anything.
“Leadership is not about building structure but about building people. It is about making sure that we empower our people so that they can have global recognition and education.”
Ajani, who noted that he has so many fantastic initiatives that he we will bring on board that will benefit the people, said: “I believe I am reachable, young and open to ideas because I don’t know it all. I believe I can work with everyone to achieve greatness.”
On his chances of clinching the PDP ticket at the primary, the UNILAG alumnus said politics is about contest and not conflict, noting that chances lie within what the aspirants are ready to showcase.
“To me, it is not a do or die thing. It is all about service. If your people want you, fine! And if they don’t want you, move on with your life.” he said.
Ajani stressed that he believes he can make a difference if given the opportunity.
“I can work with other young people, even outside politics, to make life better for our people,” he added.