APRIL POLLS:I’ll beat Tinubu in Lagos Central – Durosimi-Etti

// Politics | APRIL POLLS:I’ll beat Tinubu in Lagos Central – Durosimi-Etti
Email to a friend Plain text Print version // Font size: Decrease font Enlarge font

By Charles Kumolu

DAPO Durosimi-Etti is the Senatorial Candidate of Labour Party,LP, in Lagos Central Senatorial District. In this interview, he disclosed that imposition of candidates on party members forced him out of the Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, boasting that he would defeat the ACN candidate (Mrs. Oluremi Tinubu) in his constituency. Excerpts:

Why did you leave the ACN, which you were a core member?
THE events preceding and after the primaries were below our expectations. There is no rational thinking person that would remain in the party after witnessing what transpired. Political maneuvering is part of party politics, but when it comes to outright arrogance and disregard for people’s right, one needs to make a proper decision on where to remain or go to. We also witnessed disregard for decorum and party guidelines.

The primaries were bogus and completely shambolic. People were taken to party headquarters, against the primaries that were supposed to be held from ward level. Apart from the fact that the rules were changed by adopting the delegates’ option, when the votes were supposed to be counted, they weren’t.

This is a party that is always quick to condemn other parties. Even the PDP gave their primaries a human face. They may have done anything behind the scene, but what we saw gave the impression that PDP conducted party primaries against adoption.

*Durosimi-Etti

That was not the case in ACN that claims to fight oppression. It is unfortunate that ACN ironically oppresses people. Even with the hue and cry over the outcome of the primaries, the party chairman still went to the press and declared that imposition is a practice in the party.

I will never be a party to a group of people who muscle the people’s voice. The national chairman said that whoever that is not satisfied with the outcome of the primaries, should go elsewhere. We have no problem with that. We have opted for another platform where our voices will be heard. We are happy we are in a civilised party.

You are contesting in a zone that has the wife of former governor Tinubu, Mrs. Oluremi Tinubu. What makes you think you can upstage candidates like her?

I have a better pedigree than any candidate in my constituency. And the people know that because they are wise, they know the person that is a grassroots person, we are not talking of someone, who does not know anything about the constituency. I know that given what is on ground today, I am sure that victory is certain for the Labour Party. I am only appealing to our people to ensure that they vote and protect their votes. They should stand at the polling centre and ensure that no one tampers with their votes.

We are in a society were money plays a determining role in who gets what politically. Do you have the financial muscle to wage the electoral war?

That  is why  we  want  to  get  away  from  that society were money determines the outcome of elections. Money politics is not good and that is why our people must kick against it by rejecting their money because that money is used to perpetuate corruption and dictatorship. The people are wiser now, if you give them money, they will collect and will not vote for you because they know that you are buying their votes.

Fashola has demonstrated to us that the people’s wealth can be used to create good governance and he does not need to bribe anybody for a vote. That is also how our  closeness and understanding of the grassroots will get us the needed votes to represent our constituency. That is why the LP adopted him as our governorship candidate. It is not as if we adopted him without reasons, we believe that he shares our vision. I can assure you that after Fashola’s second term, LP will produce his successor.

We were tired of absurdities in ACN. How do you reconcile the act of imposing someone, who was rejected by his constituency on another people? Is that democracy?

Someone performed poorly in Epe and his people rejected him, then you now imposed the person on Ikeja people. How do you bring someone, who is a failure in his own natural environment to a place he knows nothing about? Of what benefit will he bring to Ikeja.

What are those new things that you would want to attract to your constituency, if elected?

I will initiate quality bills that would make huge difference in my constituency and my state. Lagos State is not fairly represented at the National Assembly, especially in the House of Representatives. I will fight for increased legislative representation for Lagos State. The population of the state warrants that we have more people at the National Assembly.

It will help the population spread in the state. I will have functional constituency offices at all Local Governments in Lagos Central, open-door policy to ensure that  problems and suggestions are promptly attended to and addressed, creation of job opportunities, provisions for youth development and empowerment, holistic approach to development of districts like Badia, Orile and Makoko.

Provision of proper jetties for inland boats carrying goods and fisheries for fish docking, construction of the 4th mainland bridge, are areas that I hope to attract federal attention to. The abandonment of federal government infrastructures, is one thing that I will ensure that is readdressed. Most of these structuresare in my constituency.

You headed The Continuity Team, TCT, which campaigned for Fashola’s second term, what happens to that group now that you are in Labour Party?

We adopted Fashola because of his good works in the state, we are not saying that Fashola, asked us to adopt him, he earned the adoption. We also have the same thing at the Federal level where the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, adopted President Jonathan.

Please enable JavaScript to view the comments powered by Disqus. blog comments powered by Disqus
Tagged : Hok Kuen Chow, Ghanaian Women, Ifiemi Felagha, Uti Nwachukwu

Headlines Newsview all

Can You Imagine!! Why I Am Unmarried - Dbanj

Dbanj has revealed why he stalled his plans to get married at 30.The singer who has been linked to several beauties revealed to Saturday Beats… “While ... Full story

OMG!! Inspiring Tales Of Life Prisoners Studying For University Degrees (Must Read)

After spending a day with inmates of the Ikoyi and Kirikiri prisons, Lagos, KUNLE FALAYI brings an account of what it is like to be ... Full story

Shocking!! Ex-Vatican Diplomat Accused In Child S3x Abuse Dies Before Trail

The Vatican on Friday announced the death of Jozef Wesolowski, an ex-diplomat who was to be the first high-ranking Vatican official to stand trial for ... Full story

65 Year Old Landlord, Rapes 7 Year Old Girl For Ritual Purposes

In another case that has highlighted the increasing child sexual abuses in Nigeria, a 65-year-old landlord, in Akowonjo area of Lagos, Mr. Ganiyu Sani, has ... Full story

Revealed!! ISIS Most Wanted, Ahmed Al-Assir Was Coming On A Special Invitation To Nigeria

According to a shocking report on Daily Trust, the ISIS leader, Ahmed Al-Assir, who was arrested in Lebanon on his way to Nigeria lately, was ... Full story

Nigerian Woman Let Off £145,000 NHS Bill After Giving Birth To Quintuplets In UK

A Nigerian health tourist who cost the NHS £145,000 having quintuplets has said she never even saw a bill. Bimbo Ayelabola, 37, had to have a ...

Mother And Daughter "Strip" And Sleep With Sugar DaddiesTo Raise £56,000 For Plastic Surgery

Kayla Morris, 20, from Rugby, has worked as a stripper to fund surgery Mother Georgina Clarke, 38, is desperate to look like 'idol' Katie Price   Previous £800-a-week arrangement ... Full story

Sacked Employee Shoots Former Colleagues On Live TV - Video

Disgruntled WDBJ-TV ex-employee Vester Lee Flanagan live tweeted a video of his on-air shooting of reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward this morning in ... Full story

Man proposes to his boyfriend in church that prohibits gay marriage and gets a standing ovation from the congregation

Trevor Harper, 36, and Davis Covin, 30,  have been attending the First United Methodist Church of Austin for the past two years Though their congregation has ... Full story

Shocking!! We Hid Cocaine In Arik Flight Meals - Ikechukwu Chibuzor Oliver

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency on Thursday said it had apprehended another employee of Arik Air, Ikechukwu Chibuzor Oliver, for his alleged involvement in ... Full story

Unbelievable!! 87 Year Old Woman Who Has A 5 Inch Horn Growing Out Of Her Head

Doctors in China were presented with a rare medical condition recently. Liang Xiuzhen from Sichuan, south west China, came to them with what appeared to be ...

Comment on: APRIL POLLS:I’ll beat Tinubu in Lagos Central – Durosimi-Etti

Rate this article

0

Breaking News

Shocking!! Liverpool 0-3 West Ham

A blistering start by West Ham United at Liverpool culminated in a stunning 3-0 victory on the road for Slaven Bilic’s men. Philipe Coutinho and Mark ... Full story

Heavily Pregnant Mercy Johnson And Hubby Loved Up On Her Birthday (Photos)

A stunning and pregnant Mercy Johnson celebrated her birthday with her husband and kids . She looks amazing! ... Full story

So Touching! Story Of The Childhood Friend Who Made Cristiano Ronaldo Famous

Cristiano Ronaldo has given his old friend and former football teammate, Albert Fantrau a special recognition publicly after recounting how he sacrificed his own football ... Full story

Real Love Comes With A Choice Not A Chance

When all the butterflies have fluttered away and your wedding day becomes a distant memory, you will discover that you’ve married someone who is just ...

Shocking!! She Said I Am Not The Father Of 2 Our Children - James Adedapo

Mr James Adedapo, a retired civil servant has got a nod for his divorce suit against his wife, Oluwatoyin, at the Grade ‘C’ Customary Court ...

Rukky Sanda's Trusted Friend Robbed Her

Nollywood actress, Rukky Sanda, known for her regular flaunting of her wears on social media, has disclosed that she is not happy that she is ...

Secret Of My Shining Skin - Mercy Aigbe

Nollywood actress, Mercy Aigbe, is not just making a mark in acting alone but in fashion, hair and recently cosmetic line which she just added. In ...

Why Is It That Some Of You Feel I'm Bleaching - Vic O

The Nigerian entertainment industry both Nollywood and acting is really buzzing these days as new talents are being discovered all trying to make a name ...

Liz Anjorin: I Am afraid Of Poverty

Nollywood actress, Liz Anjorin, is one blunt actress who does not care what people will have to say about her as she believes she plans ...

OMG!! Aside Women, Men Too Can Be Raped By Women - Omoni Oboli

Royal Arts Academy in conjunction with Nollywood Workshop released a new block buster movie, titled ‘Code of Silence, ’which explores the very important themes of ...