Funmi Olaitan, Ibadan
A governorship aspirant in Oyo State on the platform of Abundant Nigeria Renewal Party (ANRP), Mr. Olalekan Ayorinde, on Thursday, lamented the monetization of politics in the country, saying the party got a paltry 125 votes after spending over N50 million for Ekiti State governorship election.
The Ibadan-born politician however lauded the party for its tenacity and rare courage, expressing the need to overhaul the country political landscape that is heavily monetized and induced.
Ayorinde who on Wednesday got the royal blessings of Olubadan of Ibadanland, Mr Saliu Adetunji, and Alaafin of Oyo, Mr Lamidi Adeyemi, spoke with journalists in Ibadan, the state capital, on his aspiration and intention to occupy Oyo State government house in 2019.
Present at the event include the state Vice Chairman of ANRP, Mrs Kehinde Aiyeola, and other members of the party.
While maintaining that Ekiti State governorship election has come and gone, it has exposed a lot of flaws in the country's electoral process that needed to be worked on.
Ayorinde who admitted that ANRP had its flaws in the Ekiti governorship election, said his voyage into politics was to savage, not only Oyo State but to join hands with younger generations of like minds to right the wrongs in Nigerian polity.
According to the governorship aspirant, one of the major problem with Nigeria is that its leaders don't want to take responsibility.
He said, "One of those things lacking is that our leaders in Nigeria lack the ability to take responsibility. No one is above mistakes. We all make mistakes many times. My duty is to take responsibility for what has gone wrong and correct the anomaly as the man at the helm of affairs, not passing the buck. Ability to take responsibility is the hallmark of a good leader and it’s one of the foremost qualities of good leadership. We have been making excuses for so long."
He described the state as a place with a lot of potentials that could be utilized to improve the welfare of the people, adding that it is only Ibadan which served as the South West regional capital that is yet to have electricity company of its own.
Ayorinde who is a US-based bio-pharmacist then expressed the hope that his party would certainly make meaningful impact in 2019, stating that the people are already embracing the manifestos of the party.
He said, "We want to empower the people. We will also guarantee regular electricity because we are not going to power our future with generators. I have been to Olubadan and Alaafin and they gave me their blessings. The people of Oyo State have long been impoverished. I believe the system can work.
"We need to improve the competency of our teachers and look into their pay. We need new hospitals, the present state hospitals are outdated, we need emergency house services."