A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Mushin area of Lagos, Mr Omoshola Omoshebi, has charged the Lagos State Independent Electoral Commission (LASIEC) to be neutral and transparent during the forthcoming July 22 council election.
Omoshebi, who has his eyes on the chairmanship of Mushin Local Government Area, made the call in Lagos on Tuesday, even as he vowed to rid Mushin and its environs of criminal activities that the area is known for through people oriented programmes if he is elected chairman of the council in the forthcoming July 22 council election.
While calling on the commission to provide a level playing ground for all the participating political parties to give credibility to the poll, Omoshebi said, “LASIEC should understand that they are facing the world. They should perform and there should be no discrepancy at the forthcoming local government election.
“They should be free and fair to every party. They should know that people will criticise, and they need to tolerate this. The body must be prepared to do things well despite criticism.
“We expect above 90 per cent delivery in the discharge of their duty; it’s not about APC, but about all political parties. They must be careful and make sure they play a neutral game,” he said.
Omoshebi expressed hope that he would have the opportunity to transform Mushin, praying that the people and party leaders would give him the mandate when it was time to do so. “I want to render services to the people. We have to change the name of Mushin for good by reducing crime to the barest minimum; my mission is to turn Mushin around to a replica of Lagos Island and Surulere,” he said.
According to him, Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode’s performance in the state has provided a good leverage for the party to win in all the 20 Local Governments and the 37 Local Council Development Areas during the poll.
Omoshebi advised all aspiring candidates to shun do-or die politics, urging them to embrace peace and work together in unity. He also appealed to youths not to allow themselves to be used negatively by any politician.
The aspirant who is a United States trained security expert, said he is going into the elections to serve his people and to deliver the dividends of democracy to the people. “I will work with United States Crime Prevention Agency who has promised to render all form of assistance to me in ridding the area of all sorts of criminal activities by bringing in the needed expertise and gadgets that will make Mushin a crime free zone” he added.
Omoshebi expressed hope that he would be able to transform Mushin for good while urging the people and party leaders to give him the mandate when it is time to do so as he has the experience, connection and wherewithal to deliver the dividends of democracy to the people.
Speaking further, Omoshebi promised to set up several empowerment programmes that will benefit the people while vowing to resuscitate some of the moribund markets in the local government.
He also vowed to eradicate all sorts of multiple taxations that the people in the local government are subjected to while promising to hold constant stakeholders meeting with the people to know their needs and how to meet it.