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AAC Senatorial candidate makes case for visionary leaders


The Senatorial candidate of African Action Congress (AAC) for Lagos East Senatorial District, Mr. Francis Shonubi, has identified the need for visionary leaders in the legislative arm of government, saying this would serve as a momentum to move the country forward. Shonubi, who hails from Ikorodu, said lawmakers are expected to be closer to the people and guarantee their wellbeing, but said the reverse is the case among the political class, who see themselves as being above those who elected them into power.

He lamented the unbecoming behaviour of politicians, who rather flaunt their wealth before the electorates while the people they represent suffer, adding that it was time to elect people of impeccable character and competence into political offices. Shonubi noted that if elected in the coming elections, he would sponsor bills that would impact positively on the people.

He also noted that godfatherism in politics has contributed a lot to some of the ills in the political space, saying politicians like Jide Sanwo-Olu, who depend godfathers, should not be given a chance in the coming elections.

He said: “I am ready to serve my people. It is disheartening that the previous leaders in the district have not done much to benefit the people, but rather they have enriched themselves and their political godfathers. But it is time to provide credible and sustainable initiatives, which the people in my constituency would benefit greatly from.

“We need people who will legislate and pass bills that will impact positively on the lives of all citizens. We have seen the shenanigans of the ruling party and the inherent contradictions in the way they have carried out their affairs. Clearly, they have little regard for our Senatorial Districts, because if they did, they would not be rewarding a non-performing state legislator with a ticket.

“At AAC we have felt the pulse of the people and know what their aspirations are. Our research shows that most Nigerians need proper empowerment. We will cater for the needs of the teeming young population as well as the physically challenged and special persons in my constituency. These sets of people are most often neglected in the social equation of Lagos East.”He added that he would use his position as a senator to articulate and aggregate the diverse interests of his constituents into the policy-making process.

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