Juliana Francis

Honourable Khabar Adeniyi Isiba, who is gunning for a seat in the Lagos State House of Assembly as a representative of Mushin Constituency 2, has said that residents of Itire-Ijesha axis of Mushin, would only begin to enjoy the full dividends of democracy when a bonafide son or daughter from the community got the chance to represent them in the Lagos State House of Assembly.

Isiba, who is vying for the position under the All Progressives Congress (APC) stated that his desire to serve his people and community was borne out of the need to address and redress the lopsidedness in the way the representation process has been conducted in the area since the advent of the 4th Republic politics in 1999.

Isiba who recently declared his intentions to run for a seat in the Lagos State House of Assembly from Mushin Constituency 2 was not too happy that no candidate from Itire-Ijesha axis has had the chance to earn a seat in the state’s exalted law-making chambers despite its overflowing wealth of human and material capital since 2003, a period of 19 years.

This, according to him, represented one of the cardinal objectives behind his desire to run for a seat in the Assembly in the forthcoming 2023 General Elections.

Revealing his political quest recently, Isiba said he was making himself available as the tool to fix the obvious inequalities that have resulted from persistent poor representation the Itire-Ijesha axis of Mushin has suffered in almost two decades of the country’s renewed political experience.

His words: “I am gunning for a seat in the Lagos State House of Assembly as a representative of our people from Mushin Constituency 2 to raise the bar of political representation, demonstrate leadership capacity that will surpass our previous and current experience, as well as address the weaknesses of previous and ongoing administrations, and build on their gains to set a prospect for the future. Above all, I am hoping that my adoption and subsequent election as the candidate to represent the All Progressives Congress (APC) in next year’s Lagos State House of Assembly elections will help redress the lopsidedness we have witnessed in the manner more candidates from Mushin Central Constituency have tended to take what I think has been rightly ours for so many years.”

He, therefore, appealed to the elders of the party to take a deep look at the present unfavourable representation equation and concede it to him in the interest of democracy and progressive politics.

“As a democrat, I am a firm believer in building consensus through stable and due consultation among the elites of different groups. I am appealing to you to key into this democratic thinking. As the foremost aspirant from the Itire-Ijesha axis of our constituency, I will like to humbly ask you to adopt my aspirations as yours in the interest of our party’s symbol of progressive politics, democracy, equity, and fairness.”

The Mushin Constituency 2, which is made up of 10 wards, represents one of the most commercially strategic areas in Lagos State with incredible population size.

Isiba hopes he can use these vast assets to optimum advantage if he actualises his dream to win a seat in the Assembly next year.

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