By Akinwande Soji-Ojo
The immediate past chairman of Association of Local Government of Nigeria (ALGON) in Oyo State, Prince Ayodeji Abass-Aleshinloye, has said the need to bring quality representation and improve the quality of lives of the people in his constituency informed his decision to contest for the House of Representatives seat on the All Progressives Congress (APC) platform in the 2023 general elections.
Abass-Aleshinloye spoke while featuring on Splash 105.5FM programme, ‘Ijoba Ibile,’ on Saturday.
The ex-ALGON boss, who is also a former chairman of Oluyole Local Government, said the people of the federal constituency deserve more than what they are currently getting.
“My achievements as local government chairman are there for all to see. We documented all our achievements and I believe our people at the grassroots should be adequately taken care of and empowered. The need to improve the quality of life of our people informed my decision to throw my hat into the ring,” he said.
The former local government chairman also said he does not have any issue with the current occupant of seat, adding that they both belong to the same party.
He stressed that his decision you contest against Hon. Tolulope Akande-Sadipe, who is the current occupant of the seat, was not a vote of no confidence on her.
“Akande-Sadipe became a Reps member by the grace of God and through me. I worked for her election in 2019. I campaigned and staked myself for her. So, it is not a matter of having any problem with her or anybody for that matter. If I campaigned for somebody, does that mean I can’t have my own ambition? We are all aspirants and belong to the same political party. It is not good to be too emotional about power when one in position of authority and in everything we do in life, let’s always adopt the ‘omoluabi’ concept,” Abass-Aleshinloye said.
He expressed confidence of picking the Reps ticket during party’s the primary, saying, “God and party leaders” are behind him.