A candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Oyo State, Mr. Seyi Adisa, who is vying to represent Afijio State constituency in Saturday’s Governorship and House of Assembly elections has given reasons why he deserved to be elected on platform of the party by the electorate.
Adisa, while speaking with journalists in Ibadan, stressed that, since the advent of the current democratic dispensation, Afijio has not really benefited any democratic dividends from legislators who have represented the constituency till date, expressing displeasure that the ugly scenario had slowed down the level of progress in the local government.
He averred that, Afijio, among other local governments in the state is placed in a vantage position to be another food basket of the state, adding that he is poised to bring out the agricultural value chain of the local government if elected.
Adisa, who started his political career in 2011 when he got appointed by Governor Abiola Ajimobi as his Principal Private Secretary and a legal practitioner of a decade, further hinted that his plan upon being elected is to extend the agricultural value chain in Afijio to solve unemployment.
“Afijio is a large agrarian constituency and we have large unemployment. What I intend to do is to extend the agriculture value chain. Currently, what we have is just production, we need to try and attract internationals and other businesses to come into Afijio that are in that value chain.”
“It could be in the processing value chain, packaging, distribution, supply value chain. Once those companies come in and set up industries, we will get people employed as youth unemployment is a major issue for us. So, we want to use agric, which is our strength, to solve the problem. We also want to empower youths to start small businesses on that agrarian line. We want our jobs to match our strengths. We want to look at how youths could come together and form industries,” he explained.
Speaking on his chances of emergence as a lawmaker in view of the merger of opposition parties in favour of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate, Mr. Seyi Makinde, Adisa was optimistic that Adelabu would win the election on Saturday even with the gang up of opposition parties.
“We will be in the legislature and our role is to continue to do check and balance. We will do our job as legislators to check the activities of the executive and ensure that the people of Oyo State get good government. The job of government is for a few people to represent the majority and it is always about the people. We don’t want a government that will start to tear everything up because it was a different government that set it up; we don’t want government that will come in and believe that just for the sake of politics, have to destroy the good works that have been done before now.”
“What is most important for us in the legislature is to create good laws and act as check to the executive to ensure that government is run the way it should be and that Oyo does not go back to the yesteryears when it was known for anarchy, thuggery and brigandage. But really, I don’t see how Adelabu will not win the governorship election,” Adisa retorted.