9th July, 2010
The Special Adviser on Environment in Igando â€“ Ikotun Local Council Development Area, (LCDA), Lagos, Nigeria, Comrade Alani Babatunde has indicated his intention to secure a seat in the Lagos State House of Assembly in 2011.
Speaking to P.M.News on his aspiration, the Egan based activist cum politician said he took the decision to represent Alimosho Constituency 2 in the House of Assembly because of pressure from people of his constituency and some party leaders.
Alani said he believed he was up to the challenge already, having understudied the current occupier of the seat, Hon. Solomon Olamilekan in whose education think-thank committee, he served for years, ensuring equity in education for indigent students in the area.
â€œI learnt a lot from Hon. Olamilekan in the area of bill sponsoring, articulate argument on the floor of the House and purposeful focus through which he had brought enormous development to our constituency. His achievement is a big challenge to me, and Iâ€™m up to the task.
â€œI am a grassroots politician and I know what my people want, I know where the shoe pinches them, so I want to go there and represent their interest in the spirit of good representation. I will lobby and influence the state government to bring people oriented projects to my constituency,â€ Comrade Alani promised.
Believing in the supremacy of his party, Action Congress, the Special Adviser who is aspiring from Egan town said his aspiration is subject to the ratification by the party and its leadership. He, however, disclosed that Egan had for long been deprived of representation at the state level.
Babatunde said he was aware that it was not time for campaign yet, saying what he is currently doing is soliciting for support from his friends, associates, people of his constituency, party members and leaders.
The CDHR member said if his dream comes true, his first mission would be to focus on the priorities of his people in the Alimosho Constituency 2.