Hon Dayo Bush-Alebiosu qualified as an architect and excelled brilliantly in this profession before venturing into his lifelong desire of being an agent of change through his involvement in politics.
As a lover of learning, he has attended numerous courses in Leadership and Decision Making at Harvard and Dynamic Leadership at UCL.
He went further to obtain a degree in Leadership and Management (Northumbria University), and is currently completing his Masters degree in Leadership and Management at (Northumbria University) and is currently on the Post graduate Executive Strategic Leadership programme at Warwick Business School. England.
In an exclusive interview with Kosofepost publisher Yomi Kasrow, he dwell on several issues of great important; locally and globally.
KP: Why are you contesting for House for Representatives? I recall you contested for the same position in 2015. What is the catch?
DBush: There’s no catch, I haven’t even said I will be contesting for house of Representatives. I have had a few people asking me to contest but it’s something I’m still considering. So, I am not sure whether I should confirm because I haven’t concluded on whether I will run or not.
KP: What exactly do you want
to accomplish if given your mandate and when elected. In other words, what is your vision?
DBush: If eventually I do contest . There”s alot of things that I want to see changed. We must have a manifesto and how my representation impact on lives. We have to move away from the old way of doing things and focus mainly on what we have at hand now.
Representation has gone beyond let me do borehole. let me do this , that . That’s not really the job . If its has taken place in the first place . we won’t be focusing on the National Assembly members but we have to look at policy.
Policy is very importance; general parliament, all through parliament. We must know who want to represent us and the intention of our representatives ; either as a counselor, as a State Assembly member or national Assembly member; Reps or senate.
We cannot based the success or failure of a nation or a state or a constituency on an individual what about the supporting the strikers . it’s important to know for example, if i go to represent what will be my issue on areas of education and several other things. how do we focus on helping young people grow. how do we focus 67% of those who determine those in power, 67% are young people.
KP: Going by what you said about your constituency, Seems its current representatives hasn’t done anything to improve the lives of the people.
DBush: Tobe honest with you, I’m usually been careful . So , it is not seen as anything personal. But the people that are good to speak about this will be the people of kosofe and of course we have been seeing the agitations .
I think taking a case study of not just the political class but those who voted, the residence of kosofe, Would be able to paint a better picture whether they are happy with the level of representation or not. However, I had to clear myself in a few cases when some think am still the person there to let them know that i’ m not the person there. I will show you a few things sent to me and I had to clear that I’m not the person there currently.
KP: If your party did not give you the ticket would you leave your party?
DBush: I have not even said that i will contest. So , I think we will be jumping the gun to say I will leave the party or I remain in the party. I belong to a party for the ideology .
The people of my party have always been supportive, the people in my constituency have been fantastic. I will forever remain grateful to them. I have never at any point in time had problems with my constituents, Never have I had any problems.
In life you win some, you lose some. I’ve forgotten completely about the issue of the 2015 elections of course, we all knew how it went. I chose not to take up any legal or judicial process in emerging. I just believe emerging through the will of the people.
KP: in France, Austria, Canada etc we have young people leading their respective country. Looking at Nigeria coupled with the fact that highly placed political office holders are pleading to the young people not to contest in 2019 Election . How long do you think it will take us to achieve this?
DBush: It has been achieved . i’m a living example, i’m a young man, I contested , not only did I win, I got the highest number of votes in the federation. This actually expresses the support i enjoyed from the people of kosofe. Beyond just the political caucus but generality of kosofe has always been supportive in the last elections.
We had a close shave with an older and younger contestant, we saw that young people mean business, we saw how they came out in support of the young person. Though at the end of the day our candidate was declared winner . But I guess that was a stronger signal to show that we really need to take young right prepared minds into consideration.
We seen alot playing out not just globally but even locally right now young people are saying we are going to contest . whether we like it or not people are coming out, is just to make sure that the right young people chosen. When we talked about ballot snatching of course they use young people, they don’t use old people, when we also talked of those who vote, young people are the ones voting and now they want a better Nigeria. They want a better constituency and they want a better state. So, they are getting more and more involved.
We seen it evolved in America, we seen it evolved around us and even happening in Africa. If you look at the whole thing, kenya; Uhuru kenyatta was very well prepared ,you saw his encounter with Obama very educated , very sound and well prepared for leadership.
Go and check the statistics of those who voted for him. They were the young people that voted him into power. That’s the President of kenya. it’s already happening here and we have the likes of Jerry Rawlings in Ghana has been encouraging the young people and several other people doing great supporting the young people.
KP: Constituency project funds has been an issue between legislative arm and the executive( alleged padding or insertion of undesigned projects in the FG budget)on the other hand, constituents alleges lawmakers/agency saddle with responsibility of implementing the projects and programmes the funds are meant for not using it judiciously. What’s your take on this?
DBush: In the past, i am sure my constituents has seen the things we brought was based on what they wanted in the past , we’ve to come up with , transformers, streetlight, water projects. basically, what they wanted.
At a point in time when they brought certain things for us to choose. I was one of those who spoke up to say no. this is not what we need even in Lagos. you will find out that they may need water, they may not need water in ikoyi. we need it here. so, I just have not supported the blanket style of saying you must take this. I hear now they even use wheelbarrows and things like that. I don’t think those should be part of constituency projects should be. but, the most important thing is for constituents to adequately monitor funds released and projects carried out.
Yes, I just like you have been reading about it. I’ve also been reading about issues of funds allotted and things not getting done. but I will be honest with you I have also read it in the papers just like any other person.
KP: Can you mention few of your achievement while in the House of Rep’s?
DBush: Absolute mentioning a few maybe. I need to send them to you to be honest with you so that you have a clear-cut understanding of it.
KP: What were your challenges and based on your experience from your political vacation. How would you improve on it?
DBush: Funny enough I have not been on political vocations. People believed that if you do not hold political office you on vocation. I’ve been away sharpening myself politically and I will continue to sharpen myself in politics and leadership. that’s why I’ve been back in school studying .
KP: You know on leadership has been intrigued by everybody will say is the major problem in Nigeria. What’s your take?
DBUSH: Even in Africa , Nigeria has been issue of leadership and of course in order to make sure that’s not an issue with us. I’ve been working very hard. I went back to school to continue to study various areas of leadership; dynamic leadership, I’ve studied leadership and management, I’ve studied strategic leadership, I’ve studied leadership and decision making. so these are some of the things that we continue to do.
It’s important to continue to improve yourself and not being in office has given me the opportunity to go back and sharpen my tools very well. So , we thank God, I am grateful to God for the chance he continues to give me and the people of Kosofe and lagos state for the opportunity given me in the past.
KP: In some of part of Nigeria we have some of your contemporaries as governors as senator. 2019 if you decided to contest. what would you be contesting for?
DBush: I will look at where I’ll be the most needed and then make that decision from there. if I remember vividly even in 2007, I was not even looking at contesting for the house of reps then when I first contested in 2007. I wasn’t looking at contesting for the house of reps but I was actually spoiled on, I was inspired by some people from within the constituency . like tasiru, in ojota baba ogunlewe. i leave around Ogudu axis at that time and I got a lot of people from that axis encouraging me . Saying i have all the necessary prerequisite . Besides, I believe God determines where man will go and he uses even if it’s the trees to communicate with you and tell you where he want you to be. but wherever I end up being even if I contest as a counselor , I think the most important thing to do is how do I make sure that I impact on lives, how do I make sure that I’m useful to life in my constituency. is not enough to say I want to be honorable. I’m on this or that the most important thing is what God has given you how have you used it that what works eventually.
KP: Function of every lawmaker is lawmaking and performing oversight functions. Rather than the constituents to rate their performances on quality legislations but they based it on the number of Brown envelopes shared to them. Is this apt parameter to use ?
DBUSH: People still matters, different people, some people will see you and like you on face value, some will will see and say you have thing upstair, some by your performance.
like i said earlier on when people see good product , they will vote. People don’t vote only party’s lines anymore.
Specifically when we come from a culture , that I remembered when growing up, when we take food to the next door and when leaving, people say have this 5,10 naira respectively. Nevertheless, People are now focusing on good candidates who speak their language than brown envelopes.
KP: Over the year’s there has been face off between the presidency and the National Assembly. What can be done to put a stop to the trend in future?
DBUSH: First of all, we have to make ensure that we scrutinize propeprly whoever you electing as executive, legislature. My focus has always been on policy makers its very important, for policy maker to know what they are doing. Very important because they are the ones who usually determines the lives and the ones who approved funding. Make up the policies , for as long as there’s good communication and good understanding ,i dont believe there will be issues.
KP: since the Too old to run are not willing to leave the stage for the not too young to run. Don’t you think having Too old to run bill will be apt to pave way for Young people?
DBUSH: We dont neeed too old to run but fela sang a song he said you can not dash me human right, you can not dash me my property. When you look at young people and look at the statitistics. It tells you that 67% of those voting are young people. All whaat is requried of them is to have a rally point, a platform that can help them to harness that number they have in electing the right people into place rather than asking or begging for it.
Science even plays a role in foothball. Ball this way, that way. Similarly, in this way, i think thats the role it should play as well. Basically, What the not too young to run did , was just to open a wider gap for more people of a certain age bracket to come in and able to parttake and those people of a certain age is allowing them also to move up. Whether we like it or not Thats how life is. so, change must happen at one point or the other. Alot of politicains we hearing now today are not there 20years ago. Those we hear now will not be there from 20years from now.
Theres alot of Nigerians that wanted to come back from abroad but they just want a better life. Thats we are saying , we have to be sure of policy maker we are sending there. He has to know whats going on and he has know whats there to do.
KP: looking at the rate of defection here, and there. Nigeria problem is not caused by the former, current ruling party’s but the political operators. How can we change this trend?
DBUSH: Culture , for example we don’t know who will be our candidates until 2-3months to election. Who they are , what they stand for? Only what they say they stand for. If we look at climes where democracy has thrive. We talked about United kingdom, Canada, Australia and all the countries that practice true pallimentary system. You will found out that , they know what the are doing and what they stand for .
That means that alot of children who goes to school without shoes rather Let me rephrase alot of children who goes to school under leaking roof is where leaders usually emerged. If that’s the case, we now need to focus on education.
BUSH: Hemm …..We have a practice when a case is in court parliamentary practice of not discussing a case that’s in court, we had our issue the new national executive is in place.The case is being look at , the issues is being look at . its not just peculiar to Lagos State. I believe you are referring to the national . i want to believe it will be sorted.
issue is till being look at and it will be resolved before the party primaries.
100,000 votes, 20,000 voted for the next candidate. You always have some people not wanting to , looking at 20,0000 people didnt votes for me that was alot . However, camaparing it with our total votes we still had about 80,000 margin. We had a good margin. you cant win everything. but , the most important thing is to have a good