Some chairmanship candidates across political parties in the forthcoming local government election in Kwara State, last night, unveiled their agenda for the people if they eventually win the election.
The list of about 32 chairmanship candidates and councillors participating in the poll was displayed by the Kwara State Independent Electoral Commission (KWSIEC) at its secretariat, last Tuesday.
Aside the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)that fielded 16 and 12 twelve candidates respectively for the chairmanship election, APGA, PPA and AA among others were the other parties that will also contest the council top seat.
With 37 political parties presently registered in the state, only 11 will be taking part in the chairmanship and councillorship elections following the refusal of KWSIEC to extend the deadline for submission of nomination forms.
But speaking with this medium on their agenda for Kwarans, the council hopefuls promised innovative governance that will take the state to another height and positively rob off on their parties.
The candidates most of whom sound optimistic noted that the enormity of the work at hand is not lost on them and promised to do all within their capacity to make the party, its leaders and people of the councils proud.
While thanking the parties and its leaders for giving them the opportunity to serve, the candidate promised not to let the party down.
Hajia Funmi Salau – APC Ilorin South
According to the APC chairmanship candidate of Ilorin South who also doubles as the state ALGON chairperson, Hajia Funmi Salau, if eventually elected, emphasis will be placed on improving the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) of her council.
Salau who is the only serving TIC member that got the ticket thanked the party, the Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki and Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed for considering her worthy of the ticket while expressing her desire to improve on what she met on ground.
“My priority will be to improve our IGR, the council’s health facilities, rehabilitation of feeder roads and a solid and robust partnership that will bring agriculture back to the front burner in primary and secondary schools. I will ensure we bring back the Thursday’s farming in schools and those that excel will be rewarded.”
Elder Oni Adebayo – APC Oke-Ero
Similarly, the APC candidate for Oke-Ero, Elder Oni Adebayo told National Pilot that he will ensure the “spread of dividends of democracy to all the nooks and crannies of the local government, adding that his administration will ensure the commission of a special programme that will incorporate the youth, women and widows in the council if elected.
Hajia Risikat Opakunle – APC Asa
In a text message sent to this medium last night, the APC candidate for Asa, Hajia Risikat Opakunle outlined her agenda for the people if considered for the office.
According to Opakunle, “grading of rural roads, empowerment for the widows and stomach infrastructural will form her policy thrust adding that “electricity for villages, staff promotion, renovation of local government primary schools, building of new classrooms and equipment for all local government health care and hospitals. She also promised to provide portable water for her people by digging boreholes and empowerment of youths and rural women among others.
Comrade Yinka Dallas – APC Ekiti
Speaking with this medium recently, the APC candidate for Ekiti, Comrade Yinka Dallas expressed his desire to carry everybody along in moving the council forward. He said agriculture; youths and manpower development among others will be given priority if voted.
Hajia Aminat Omodara – APC Ilorin West
Also, the APC chairmanship candidate for Ilorin West, Hajia Aminat Omodara said her focus will be on security of lives and property, education, healthcare delivery, human and youth empowerment, employment opportunity for the youth and encourage entrepreneurship.
Comrade Misbaudeen Esinrogunjo – PDP Ilorin West
But his counterpart in the PDP, Comrade Musbaudeen Esinrogunjo pledged to provide qualitative representation that will ensure his party is further endeared in the minds of the people.
He added that he is determined to revolutionise council administration in the state by well thought out plans that will give opportunity to every citizen of the local government to feel the presence of governance in all ramifications if given the mandate.
Saidu Suleiman – PDP Kaiama
Also, the PDP candidate for Kaiama, Saidu Suleiman last night promised to simplify and demystify local government administration that was the hallmark back in the days.
“My focus will be security of lives and property, since the formation of the council, it has lack a secretariat and I will ensure a befitting one to ease administration, the Kaiama central market as it is now is nothing to write home about and we will have a changed story if my party and I are favoured, motorable rural roads, chairs for schools that are presently lacking, befitting palace for the Emir, portable drinking water and youth empowerment among others will be included in our blueprint”, he added.
Mr Adeniyi Gbenga – PDP Offa
In Offa, the PDP candidate, Adeniyi Gbenga (Agbon) on his part noted that if eventually elected, his blueprint will be to take local government to another height with “good roads, standards education, and healthcare, provision of water and care for the civil servant in his domain.
Lukman AbdulKadir – AA Offa
For the Action Alliance (AA) candidate in Offa, Lukman AbdulKadir, a vote for him is a vote for provision of roads electricity and water, adding that those are the three main problems bedevilling the council.
Ibrahim Wasiu Ayinde – PPA Ilorin East
For the PPA candidate, Ilorin East, Ibrahim Wasiu Ayinde, he promised prioritise provision of jobs, chairs for schools, boreholes and drug for hospital among others.