Lagos – Mrs Modupe Onitiri-Abiola, one of the wives of the late Chief MKO Abiola, on Friday declared her intention to contest the 2015 governorship election in Lagos State.
Onitiri-Abiola, wife of the acclaimed winner of the annulled June 12, 1993 presidential elections, however, did not mention the party’s platform on which she would contest.
She said in Lagos that her motive of seeking the votes of the electorate was to assist in the eradication of poverty.
Onitiri-Abiola said that she worked with her late husband in the struggle for the actualisation of the June 12 elections annulled by the military regime of former president, Ibrahim Babangida, in 1993.
She said that the country needed to start practising true democracy at all levels of government to meet the yearnings and aspirations of Nigerians.
The aspirant said if she became successful at the polls, poverty eradication would be the focus of her government.
She said that the same issue should be the major concern of government at all levels.
“There should be no poverty in this state or in this country. There is so much poverty on the ground and the situation on ground is extremely terrible, worse than what we thought it was at that time, but, I am trying to look at what exactly is in the interest, actually, true interest of the people.
“What I am trying to do now is eradication of poverty; and, I know once you remove poverty, you remove everything and for you to be able to remove poverty, you need to have so many programmes.
“Some social welfare programmes, free education, free health, affordable homes, good roads, providing for people that are not employed, helping people that are in business and who want to get into business, or you want to start business, you need the back-up of the government.
“All that put in place, you are going to eradicate poverty. Poverty should not exist in this country, not even in this state my Lagos State.“