17th December, 2010
A chairmanship aspirant in Ifo Local Government, Alhaji Sikiru Adekunle Mustapha,Â has said that politics is not for mediocre but highly intellectual individuals whoÂ know the needs of their people and is ready to provide such.
Speaking with Political Platform recently, Alhaji Mustapha said the present chairmanÂ of the local government has done little or nothing to positively affect the lives ofÂ the people since the inception of his administration.
“The chairmanship position of this local government is not for mediocre. To the bestÂ of my knowledge, this community has never had it so bad. Since the inception of theÂ present administration in this local government, the council has continued to lackÂ everything, be it education, road and healthcare among others.
“Imagine somebody who cannot control a single classroom wanting to control a wholeÂ local government. As big as this local government is, we don’t have markets, no goodÂ roads, no infrastructure for education, no general hospital and what have you.
“If you look very well, you will find out that the people are selling by the roadÂ side which is very dangerous. There is no general hospital. Imagine if there is anÂ emergency, what do you think will happen to the person involved? As a grassrootsÂ politicians and a man of the people these are some of the anomalies that I am comingÂ to correct,” he said.
He added that the government has failed the people in so many areas, especially inÂ the provision of basic infrastructure, hence the need for a change of baton in OgunÂ State as a whole.
“We are very ready to wrestle power from the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, comeÂ 2011. The PDP wrestled power from the AD in 2003 and the people are clamouring for aÂ change again. They have tasted the PDP and know what it tastes like, and now theyÂ want ACN and by the special grace of God, the ACN is taking over the mantle ofÂ leadership in 2011.
“It is the change that the people want and that is what they will get. They haveÂ suffered so much under the PDP. There is no health centre, the road is so bad thatÂ there is 24 hours traffic everyday and there is no school for our children to go.Â Therefore, change is inevitable,” he said.
Speaking on his chances of picking the party’s ticket, he said: “I have been in thisÂ local government for a very long time. My people know me and I know them and whatÂ they want, and I know I have what it takes to clinch the party’s ticket.
“When it comes to elective matters, the people know whom they want to representÂ them. I have the name because most of my businesses are in this town. Presently, IÂ have over 1,000 indigenes of this community working for me, which is equally a plusÂ for me as a politician.
“I am an administrator, a politician and a grassroots person. I am also aÂ philanthropist.