Abeokuta – An Accord Party candidate for the House of Representatives in Ogun State, Barrister Kehinde Adebayo Somoye, has assured the people of his constituency that he will sponsor people-oriented bills and ensure that matters that will have positive impact on their lives are pursued vigorously if given their mandate to represent them at the nation’s lower chamber of the National Assembly during the 2019 general elections.
Somoye, who wants to represent Abeokuta South Federal Constituency in the green chamber of the National Assembly, made the promise while speaking with INDEPENDENT in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital.
He said his programme would include youth development, community support and empowerment, promising to attract quality and people-oriented projects to his constituency to enhance the socio-economic and political life of the people in the federal constituency.
He disclosed that the collective interest and well-being of the people in the area would form the nucleus of his representation, noting that he would never betray the confidence reposed in him by the electorate if given the opportunity to serve them.
“I promise to represent the constituency very well and I will deliver all my promises, if given the mandate.”
Speaking on his choice of Accord Party to actualize his dream, Somoye said, “All the popular parties will not even allow you to be there. You will see one ‘baba’ saying, yes this boy is a good material but he should for now wait for another 10 or 15 years. I don’t think this is right.
While advising Ogun indigenes to vote for people with good vision that can bring positive change in their lives, Somoye, “It is time for our people to vote for people with inspiring messages and capacity to follow it rather than people doling out money to buy your conscience. They should vote for people that have genuine concern for good governance. There is a need for huge orientation here.”
He noted that money-bag politicians when voted to power, have failed in their electoral promises to the people because they have nothing to offer.
He said the time is now for good governance and growth in development, and that this could be achieved if the electorate in the state could look beyond money politics and elect anyone with good track records.
“The time has come for Nigerian political environment to experience leaders who look beyond winning at all cost and by all means, and embrace those who see this nation’s soul has been wounded for far too long, and recognize her need for healing and unifying for the sake of the collective.
“So, I want to call on our people that in 2019, they should not be deceived into voting for incompetent individuals who hide under party but be painstaking in voting for candidates capable of bringing good governance to their doorsteps.
Speaking against vote-buying in the country, Somoye appealed to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), and other stakeholders in the nation’s electoral process to tackle the malaise during the forthcoming elections in order protect sanctity of the electoral process.
He said the electoral umpire need to be awake to its responsibility of discouraging vote buying in order to protect democracy and give credence to the country’s electoral process, stressing that buying votes should be seen as an act of corruption which should be dealt with before it collapse the hard earned democracy.
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Author: James Ogunnaike