By Olasunkanmi Akoni
Ahead of the 2019 general elections, the Senator representing Lagos East Senatorial District, Gbenga Ashafa has indicated interest to contest for another term in the Senate on the platform of All Progressives Congress, APC, just as he expressed confidence of victory.
Ashafa, speaking in a Television interview Monday, said: “It is not uncommon for pubic office holders to seek re-election particularly in the legislature, which has no term limits, but we will all agree that not all of them are worth being voted back into office especially due to under performance.
“However, there are those who stand out. Those whom their achievements speak for them and ought to have a smooth ride back into office to continue the work they have begun. This is the case with Senator Gbenga Ashafa.”
In his words, Ashafa who hails from Ibeju – Lekki stated that: “My constituents have shown me tremendous support and are offering to pick up my party’s nomination form to recontest the election on my behalf. Who then am I to say otherwise or to put down the faith they have in me by not running for another term”.
“The work I have been able to do speaks for itself. Whether it is by the way of legislative interventions like the Nigerian Railway Bill/various railway projects that are directly beneficial to Lagos State, the NIPOST bill, topical motions, or the various constituency intervention projects including ICT/skill acquisition programs, renovation of schools, portable water projects, upgrading of facilities at healthcare centres, several other scholarships and women empowerment programs amongst others; It is this understandable why they want me to run again”.
Senator Ashafa also praised National Leader of APC, Bola Ahmed Tinubu for his vision and leadership by taking the bold and unpopular step of nudging the party towards adopting an open primary system where every card carrying member of the party will have a stake in deciding to bears the flag of the party and not just a few delegates.
Speaking on his chances in the coming primaries against other tough contestants from Lagos East, Ashafa responded,”the mandate remains with the people. I have remained with them by ensuring that I deliver on the mandate I was given by my people. Their unyielding clamour that I return for another term, makes it clear that they have kept faith with me. I am confident of victory.”