By OSENI YUSUF, Ibadan
As political aspirants anticipate the 2023 general elections, a political figure of Akinyele Local Government Area, Dr. Saheed Adejinmi Ayoade has declared his intention to contest and represent the people of Akinyele Constituency 1 at the Oyo State House of Assembly.
Declaring his intention at the APC Ward 05, Moniya on May 7, Adejinmi opined that his main reason for taking up the challenge of representing his constituency is to bring fair representation and good governance to Akinyele LG with his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC).
In an interview with newsmen, he said, “I have been on ground for more than 20 years, observing that a lot of people representing us in Akinyele LG have been trying their best but they have not been doing up to the expectations of our people which I have taken note of and ready to do better”.
He also cleared rumours making round that his personality is too religious to play along the kind of politics people expect of a thoroughly bred politician.
He debunked the rumours that anything you passionately believe in, people easily interprete committement to be fanatical.
“But in the context of fairness, tolerance, rule of law, respect for humanity, I am not a fanatic, but poised on good governance and serving Allah sincerely because service to humanity is service to God,” he said.
He added that, “even if I wasn’t given ticket to contest, I will stay and devote my undivided loyalty to APC.*
He however, believes that the ticket to represent Akinyele Constituency 1 is his mandate with assurance that all the elders and leaders will consider him as the best aspirant in his constituency, because he has all the qualities one could think of.
“If I could not leave the party sometimes ago when I aspired to contest as councilor with other aspirants numbering five, our leaders picked three and asked me to step down for others which I did without leaving the party.
“Even in the time of supervisory councillor (Super), the leadership of the party in his wisdom gave it to another person instead of giving me which I never left our party when others were leaving. This in turn spurred me to mobilize more people to our (APC),” he explained.
However, the State Assembly aspirant believes that his cardinal programmes that will bring good governance to Akinyele Constituency 1 are not limited to; “*SEEH* A. *S* Sponsoring valuable billsB. *E* Empowering/Youth employmentC. *E* Education/SchorlarshipsD. *H* Health and Community Development e.g Akinyele Aged Scheme (ASS) for elderly.”
Handing over his Letter of intention to the leadership of the party of Ward 05 Akinyele LG, accompanied by leaders cutting across ward 1 to 12 with party lovers, and his supporters, graced the occasion to give their solidarity.
Adejinmi pledged to party leaders and people of Akinyele to compile the list of widows in ward five who have been abandoned for him to continuously assist them henceforth.
“I am the first aspirant to ever come along with my spouse on my official declaration of my intention, this shows my sincere support to give fair and honest representation to our women,” he said.
Speaking to residents of Akinyele constituency 1, Mr Isiak Ola said, “I was so overwhelmed when I saw the large crowd with show of solidarity been given to Dr. Saheed Adejinmi which caught my attention to happenings around.
“Dr. Saheed is a core grassroots politician with strong believe on community development and people oriented programmes to positively impact the lives of masses.
“I pray for the leadership of his party (APC) to give this deserving personality the mandate to represent us in Akinyele Constituency 1 because he is a man of fairness, justice for all and sincerity in his intentions.”
Another resident, Deaconess Adegbite said, she has known Dr. Saheed for the past 30 years in Moniya area when she was living at Moniya Estate.
“He is a very good man with a large heart for helping the masses irrespective of individual or socio-status differences.
“If his party can sincerely support and collectively endorse him come 2023 general elections to State Assemly, he will surely deliever good governance. That we are all supporting Dr. Adejinmi means restoring hope for the hopeless and given sincere voice to the voiceless amidst our present representation we are having at Constituency 1 and Akinyele LGA in general.