By Dirisu Yakubu
ABUJA- Ahead of the 2019 general elections, a businessman and educationist, Omagbitse Barrow has declared intent to run for the Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC)-Bwari Federal Constituency seat at the House of Representatives, under the platform of Abundant Nigeria Renewal Party (ANPR).
Barrow made his ambition public at a media conference held in Abuja on Monday, where he said the inner force that propels his desire to serve the people informed his decision to join partisan politics. According to him, giving back to the society is a dream he has been nursing for years, adding that 2019 is the appropriate to seek the mandate of the people of the constituency.
He also unveiled his campaign, #Let’sGetInvolved, which he described as a call on Nigerians to get involved in the political process to elect credible leaders who are passionate about their welfare and development and not themselves.
He said: “I am pleased to inform you of not only joining a political party, the ANPR, but also of my decision to offer myself as a candidate of my party for the Federal House of Representatives for the AMAC-Bwari Federal Constituency in the FCT.
“This decision is one that I have taken very seriously after prayerful contemplation, reflections and consultation with my family and close friends. I believe it is a decision that would create a paradigm shift in the way Nigerians think about politics, politicians and governance, and one that will inspire forward thinking Nigerians to get involved.
“My leadership style is anchored on the fact that we the politicians are your stewards and you the people of Nigeria are our principals. I urge all forward-thinking residents of the FCT and Nigeria to join us (Let’s Get Involved and the ANRP) and support us.”
With his background as an investment banker, sales manager and human resource manager at Stanbic IBTC; trainer, consultant, educator and strategy adviser at the Learning Impact NG; School Director and Development Practitioner at Creative Learning Internationals School and Thoughtful House Autism Centre, Barrow said he is sufficiently equipped to give the people a sense of belonging.
In his words, a robust campaign structure has been set up including an advisory council consisting of established community leaders and stakeholders in the FCT along with campaign team of energetic professionals and community leaders with deep roots in Abuja and tentacles across Nigeria and the world.
“We must all recognise and believe that Nigeria can only get better when we the forward-thinking Nigerians decide to do things differently. Building on this, we can’t just keep writing, talking, posting on social media and then sleeping it out on election day because we do care. We need to actively participate in the electoral and political process,” he added.