Ondo State House of Assembly aspirant, Adeyinka Egunjobi speaks with Taiwo Alimi on his drive, aspirations and blueprint to better the lot of his people in Akoko North East federal constituency.
WHAT are your political thoughts and ideology?
By nature I am a progressive. I am a student of Obafemi Awolowo political thought that sees the people as the centre of your government. That is why in any position I find myself my drive is to serve the people because they are the central focus of any serious minded government. My aim in government is to serve the people and let their welfare be paramount. Also make your environment whether at the local or state level better than the way you met it. The reason why I am in politics basically is to serve because I believe that politics is all about service. And I am coming now to offer myself so as to ensure quality and effective presentation of my people at the state level which will in turn impact positively on their wellbeing.
Before now, what have you done to identify and better the lot of your people?
I easily identify with my people anywhere and at anytime. This informed the reason why people easily know and trace me to Ikare and Akoko at Large. I was a main force in the formation of Akoko student association at OAU after a protracted period of nonexistence of the body on OAU campus. I have duly represented Ikare in my characters by in the larger society by demonstrating the highest moral etiquette, which I proudly flaunt as a trade mark of Akoko people. As a businessman, I have a foundation where we take care of people that are sick and provide free health services for people. We give eye glasses and give scholarships to people around us.
As an individual there is a limit to what I can do and that is why I believe that when I get to government, I will be able to reach more people, especially in the lower strata of the society. This I will achieve by ways of viable and strong representation, prompt delivery of meaningful constituency projects and sponsorship of bills which aim at liberating my people.
You live and work in Lagos and Ogun State how is this going to affect your aspiration in Akoko North East in Ondo State?
Even though I do business there, I have always been a home boy. From time to time, I have been involved in the activities in my state. Right from the University I was president of Akoko Student association. Akoko in general and Ikare in particular have always been my focus. Apart from politics, I have been going home regularly and we have been doing one thing or another to better the lot of my people. We have awarded scholarship to student in my constituency from our meager resources and encouraged people to get education and seek for knowledge. We have bought WAEC, GCE, and JAMB forms for students that could not afford it. And we have offered assistance to people in the constituency.
I am a graduate of Microbiology from Obafemi Awolowo University in Ile Ife, Osun State. I also obtained a MSC in Microbiology from Covenant University Ota, Ogun State. My political sojourn started from the University. I was chairman of my hall, Adekunle Fajuyi Hall and at another time I was chairman of Electoral Committee for Faculty of Science. I was also a member of the Student Parliamentary arm called the SRC in OAU. In my working career I have worked in several places but right now I work for myself as the CEO of LinearAid Global Resource. The company is into supply and sale of medical equipment and also runs diagnostic laboratory. I am married with children. Politically, I am a member of the APC right from 1999 when it was called AD, and through the metamorphosis into Action Congress (AC) ACN and to All Progressives Congress (APC). Presently I am aspiring to represent Akoko North East constituency at the Ondo State House of Assembly.
What is your blueprint for Akoko Ikare?
My blueprint is to offer my people responsible representation. To speak their voice and project them in the larger Ondo state so as to ensure that they get what is due to them. My blueprint basically is to represent Akoko North East the way it has never been done before. It is to use my influence as a legislator to formulate laws that would have direct bearings on the people of the constituency. It is to ensure that the executive arm of the government carry out its function like it should be done. Also as a legislator, carry out the oversight functions, to ensure that everything that is in the budget is carried out. That at the end of the day, the common man on the street, the man that is going to his farm, will feel the impact of the government. I am bold to say that I know their feeling because I have lived with them and interacted with and eat with and know what they need and desire and their aspirations. We have met with the leaders and people of my constituency and they have seen our programmes.
You talk about making changes yet as a legislator your job is to make law, how do you hope to achieve this?
Government as it is practice in Nigeria has three arms, the executive, legislative and judiciary. Our own function is to strengthen the institution of governance. The reason why Nigeria is not moving as it should is because some legislators don’t know why they are there. When you make good laws it strengthens institution. When you have strong institution, no matter who is in government, they are bound to perform because the framework is solid. If you put a weak man in a sound institution, he will perform, likewise if you put a solid person in a weak institution they will not perform. The president or government needs strong institution to perform and that is our job. To enact laws that will add value to our institution and strengthen it. So that whoever becomes president or governor will have little or no choice but to perform because the system on ground will not accommodate mediocrity. That is what we have in advanced country. For example our Police are weak because we have an institution whereas the executive governor does not have power over them and yet they are operating in his domain. It is a defective system and things are not working because we have very weak institutions. I are not going to fight the governor but to work with him.
How do you assess the present government of Ondo State?
Governor of Ondo State in the person of Arakunrin Rotimi Akeredolu has done well. In the last one year in office he has touched every senatorial district in the state. He has opened places that were hitherto unopened. For example he is flagging the dualisation of a road in my constituency which is something that we have been yearning for. He has paid civil servant up to date. He does not owe as we speak. He is a very smart person and a man a believe in. if I’m to score him I will score him well over 90 per cent. Governor Akeredolu and the APC are changing our lives in Ondo state.
How do you assess your chances?
It is God that ordains. I want to be this I want to be that is solely in the hands of God. But having stated.that, in the past one year I have been going home and meeting with the party and people and my chance is very bright I’m convinced that I would emerge winner in the general election. I just want to add that Nigeria will be a better place if all parties should embrace internal democracy. With internal democracy there will be fewer quarrels and less fight and the best candidate would emerge. Akeredolu was the choice of the people and that is why APC won in Ondo state.
– The Nation