The All Progressive Congress (APC) candidate for the Lagos East Senatorial bye-election slated for October 31, 2020, Hon. Tokunbo Abiru has reiterated his commitment towards empowering the youth of his constituency as well as considering welfare package for the elderly not leaving out quality governance to the people when voted into the position.
The former Managing Director/Chief Executive officer of one of the financial institutions in the country, Polaris Bank Limited made this known during a media parley with the community media Practitioners recently in Lagos saying it’s important to carry the youth along in his programme because they’re the future of the nation.
“Supporting the youth through a foundation which I’m going to set-up in due course and announced when the time is ripe using my goodwill will go a long way in putting the youth in their rightful position in the society”. he stated
Mr Tokunbo Abiru stressed further that no one will be left behind in his government stating that he belongs to everyone in his constituency.
Banker turned politician recently played host to the Community Media Practitioners within the Lagos East Senatorial district to unveiled his candidacy to journalists as part of his ongoing consultation where he also made it known that he has accomplished his career in the private sector hence the need for a new challenge to help contribute back to the society.
“I have done my best in the private sector having spent 30 meritorious years as a banker and I believe it’s time for me give back to the society through discipline, dedication and quality representation of the people of my constituency so as to benefit from the democratic dispensation”. he noted
Abiru stated that “even modern democracies are continuously fine-tuned. It’s a continuous process, so number one, I think we should also give kudos to those who have let themselves out in the last twenty years to continue this journey, we have to give it to them”.
“For somebody like me, with all sense of humility, I am an accomplished private sector technocrat who rise through ranks and files to achieve the leadership competencies that I have acquired over the years which are some of the qualities that I will bring into this assignment”.
“I have had the opportunity of becoming the commissioner for Finance, like somebody said, perhaps is the most lucrative job in most of the political appointments. But I have the audacity not to serve a full term I resigned, I wasn’t under any pressure, it was a four-year term, after two years I chose to leave on my own accord”.
“I felt I had to complete my private sector experience, which is quite uncommon having gotten to the peak of my private sector career, delivered on the mandate with over thirty years in that business, it’s about time to leave the space for the younger generation to bear”.
“The public sector development is a lifelong arrangement. So I believe I can bring those competencies to complement and improve upon governance and leadership in this country. That is what I am bringing to the table” the eminent banker averred.
Top All Progressive Congress (APC) stalwarts present at the parley includes the leader of APC Lagos East; Chief Kaoli Olusanya, APC Publicity Secretary; Seye Oladejo, the Director-General of the Tokunbo Abiru Campaign Team (TACT); former Lagos State House of Assembly member; Hon Segun Olulade, Igbogbo/Bayeku Council Chairman; Hon Sesan Daini and his Bariga counterpart, ALGON President, Hon Kolade Alabi.
Reflecting on his emergence as APC candidate, Abiru described himself as a product of consensus, which has fostered cohesion, peace and unity in the ruling party.
In his assertion, he sees himself as part and parcel of the Lagos East District, having been weaned at Ikorodu, saying he is popular with the stakeholders, including monarchs, community leaders, women, artisans and the youths.
Abiru said he saw the need to plough back to the district through intervention programmes, which he had demonstrated silently during the COVID-19 lockdown with over 8,000 families benefited.
He also acknowledged that he had aspired to be a senator at a time of grave economic situation when economic and financial experts, who are members of the National Assembly, will assist the executive in the course of policy formulation through legitimate means which includes negotiations and diplomacy.
He said: “I have ideas about poverty eradication and empowerment programme, which I will do through a foundation”.
He noted that he is still consulting with all the stakeholders in the senatorial district for their supports and contributions.