ByÂ Charles Kumolu
LAGOS â€” ACTION Congress, AC, chieftain in Kwara State, Architect Lola Ashiru has declared his intention to contest the forthcoming governorship election in the state, saying his ambition is driven by the need to offer people-oriented governance in the state.
Ashiru, who is aÂ former Kwara South senatorial candidate of AC, also noted that Kwara needed a shift from the grip of one man politics, which had always held the state down.
Addressing newsmen yesterday in Lagos, he said his party had the capacity to unseat the incumbent People’s Democratic Party, PDP, which is believed to have silenced opposition in the state.
According to him,â€œpolitics in the state needs to move away from individual politics so that we can have a government that is of the people. And I am sure that aspect of Kwara politics is phasing out.
“People are getting wiser because what we had in the past cannot be described as elections. The need to librate my people from that mentality informed my decision. And I believe that we will achieve this aim with the help of the electorate, who have always been with us.â€
He further noted that AC would win elections in a free and fair contest in Kwara, noting the people are ready to protect their votes this time.
â€œMy party is a party of the progressives and that is why we have the support of the people. It’s just unfortunate that elections never held in Kwara. I am confident that we will beat any party in a free and fair contest.
“We represent what the people desire, so, why would they not vote for us? I will tackle all the problems affecting our people in the state. By that, Kwara will become a model,â€ Ashiru said.
He urged the Federal Government to holistically adopt the Uwais report on electoral reforms, stating that it remains the only roadmap to better elections in 2011.
â€œUwais report must not be toyed with. It should be adopted as it is instead of doctoring some aspects in it. We need to reform the electoral process if we must make progress from what we had in the past. However, I will boldly say that I donâ€™t envisage violence in the elections because the mentality of all stakeholders is changing,â€Ashiru added.