From Abraham Akpabio
As the 2023 general elections gathers momentum, the leadership of Ikot Ekpene Senatorial District (IKSD), Lagos, has declared that it will no longer be a ‘carry go’ issue in the district, as any political office seekers in the area must show their pedigree, how and what they have done that have affected the lives of people of the district positively.
IKSD, Lagos president, Elder Samuel Usoro, made this known while briefing journalists immediately after an enlarged executive officers meeting of the district held at Gombo Hall, Yaba, Lagos, last weekend.
He said their decision were based on uncaring attitudes by those who had led the people of the area before, negligence of responsibilities to the people, inability to access the leaders when they are in government, lack of accountability, amass of senatorial entitlement to personal and family used, abuse of power and opportunity, among other factors.
“It is quite unfortunate that some of our representatives are not living to our expectations. But one thing is very crucial and sure this time. It will no longer be a ‘carry go issue. Any one aspiring to contest for any elective position or office must be investigated thoroughly and such must show his or her pedigree, contributions to the growth of the area and people generally, accessibility to such a person, etc.
“We would no longer allow very few to continue to benefit and enjoy the common wealth of the generality of people of the district. God is not even happy,” Usoro expressed with anger.
Usoro advised political office holders in the district in particular not to abuse powers vested on them but use every opportunity given them to impact positively on the lives of the people, adding that, “it is imperative for people in places of authority, government, to be humble, carry all and sundry along, have regards for his or her people and as well, engage in actions and activities that would impact positively on the lives of the people they lead.
The IKSD, Lagos boss, wondered aloud what the issues are that made it very difficult to access political leaders of the district, adding that, such does not portrays such a leader as a good one.
He advised such leaders to look back to recall their days of little beginnings and humble themselves, as a day of reckoning will come.