8th September, 2010
Chairman, Orile Agege Local Council Development Area, Hon. Taofeek Abiodun Adaranijo, speaksÂ with Jamiu Yisa, on why he wants to represent Agege Federal Constituency at the FederalÂ House of Representatives and other issues.
There is a rumour making the rounds that you have opted out of the Agege FederalÂ Constituencyâ€™s House of Representatives race.Â How true is this?
This sounds ridiculous and absolutely far from the truth, there is nothing like that andÂ there will never be anything like that. As you can see my billboards are everywhere and thatÂ is to show you that I am still very much in the race and my ambition is intact. As amÂ talking to you, am the partyâ€™s most favoured candidate to represent my people at the HouseÂ of Representatives.
You seems to have so much confidence in clinching your partyâ€™s ticket for the House ofÂ Representatives slot of your constituency. So why do you want to represent Agege in theÂ lower chamber?
I am an indigene of this local government and we donâ€™t have anyÂ Federal Government projectsÂ in this community except one, the express road that passed through this area to Abeokuta. WeÂ have been electing representatives in this local government into the National Assembly sinceÂ 1999, yet we have not been able to point to any project facilitated by those that haveÂ represented us in the past. I want to go to the House of Representatives and table most ofÂ the problems facing this community. I will exchange ideas and through this, I will get whatÂ I want or my people. The issue of sustaining this local government will be my first priorityÂ and I will work to get the LCDAs listed in the constitution, then we can have more funds forÂ the local governments.
PDP has said it would dislodge the ACN from power in Lagos State next year, what do youÂ think?
Our party is solid and the governor has performed well and even beyond expectation. The PDPÂ will fail again woefully in 2011.Â The PDP is a toothless bulldog and can only win on theÂ pages of newspaper.
What should INEC should do to ensure free and fair elections in 2011?
I believe in the revalidation of the voters’ register because without it, a free and fairÂ election will not be possible. We have had cases of people not finding their names on theÂ voters’ register on election day. If the new INEC boss is given a free hand to operate, theÂ election will be credible.