By Dapo Akinrefon
Chairmanship candidate of KOWA party in Ikeja local government area, Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour, has promised to come up with new innovations if elected chairman of the council.
In an interview, Rhodes-Vivour, an architect said: “I am running for the position of chairman of Ikeja local government so that if elected I will be able to bring new innovations into the administration of local government system which hitherto has failed to meet the aspirations of the people. We have done a lot of work. We have done neighbour to neighbour campaigns and there is confidence that we are winning the election.”
Explaining why he chose to contest on the KOWA platform, he said: “I decided to use KOWA party as a platform because it a party that has neither godfather nor godmother. I come from a family that I can say I am proud of. I am tired of a generation that complains about politicians and yet they keep on doing things the same way.”
It is only the mad man that keeps on doing things the same way and expects different result. When I told some people that I am going to contest for the position of chairman, the next question they asked me was who is your godfather? So, this is part of the problem we are facing in this country.”
In addition, he said: “Unfortunately, local government is seen as a place where you reward party faithful and stalwarts whether they have mental capacity or not, you put them there so that all the allocations that come in are diverted to godfather or godmother and nobody talks about that.”
You have your revenue collectors that go about collecting the revenues for that purpose. So, that is why I am running, we have done a lot of works, we have gone from place to place telling the people what we can do if voted into power. We are passionate about this election because we are determined to win though some people may think it is not possible.”