5th August, 2011
Oshodi Democrats, a political organisation in Oshodi Isolo Local Government, Lagos, southwest Nigeria, has adopted the candidature of the incumbent vice chairman of the council, Hon. Olukayode Tinubu, for the chairmanship seat.
He was adopted at the groups maiden campaign meeting held at Methodist Primary School, Ogundele, Ewutuntun, Oshodi.
Speaking on the adoption of the legal practitioner, Hon. Samuel Omotosho Aina, a former chairman of the local government, described Tinubu as a cool-headed, seasoned and intelligent individual who has the capabilities of turning around the fortunes of the local government.
Hon. Steven Olukayode Ogundipe, ex-chairman of Agege Local Government said, “He has been very cooperative with the community and his boss in the last eight years as vice chairman of the council and we felt we should support him.
â€œBesides, we needed somebody who has experience and who can govern the council effectively hence our decision to root for him,â€ he said.
Olukayode Tinubu in his acceptance speech, said has been in the race since 2001 because of his passion to touch lives and serve the people, which, he added, has not been possible.
â€œApart from the partyâ€™s manifesto, I have my own personal projects to ensure that the present shape of Oshodi-Isolo Local Government is redefined. We have 311 roads in Oshodi and about 90 per cent of them are in bad shape. I want to tell you that from my first day in office to my last day, we shall continue to work on roads. We would grade the ones that we are not going to construct in the first year. I tell you that within our first 365 days in office, roads in Oshodi would be improved.
â€œWe cannot do it alone because of the lean purse of the local government but we will co-opt other parastatals like public funds, Ministry of Works and even LAMATA. We will bring them to Oshodi because it is the centre point.
â€œOshodi is the only local government that has about 5million people in transit or in business, or as residents on a daily basis. So we need to get everybody involved to ensure that the roads are good,â€ he noted.