Kosofe constituency 2 House of Assembly aspirant on the platform of All Progressives Congress (APC), Former SLG to Agboyi Ketu Local Council Development Area, Hon. Gbenga Osobu in an exclusive interview with The Kosofe Post over the weekend unveil his plans for his constituency if given the party mandate and when elected.
KP: Can we have an insight about you?
Osobu: I’m a contented loyal, open minded detribalised Nigerian. I spoke Igbo, hausa and Yoruba fluently until I lost the Igbo accent as I grew up. Student activism took me to 35 of the 36 states in Nigeria. I love Nigeria immeasurably.
I attended 3 universities in Nigeria. Worked here in Nigeria. Invested in agriculture and decor substances and Married with children.
KP: You are a man of many parts. a successful manufacturer and farmer. Why do you want to leave your thriving business for politics?
Osobu: I’ve been in politics since 1992. I was a national delegate to the Jos convention that produced MKO Abiola of blessed memory as SDP presidential candidate. I was a foot soldier of NADECO during the oppressive era of Gen Sanni Abacha.
I was a founding member of AD, ACD, ACN and APC. For once I have never left this party for once. While I was serving as SLG of Agboyi Ketu and the Chairman of the league of SLG’s in Lagos State my businesses were profitably running. So therefore, combining politics with business has never been a difficulty for me
KP: Some demographic are saying the vacant seat should be a contest of people of tribe not citizens. Do you agree?
Osobu: Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu is a trail blazer and an inventor of many firsts. Ability and capability are never known to be exclusive right of any tribe or race. I don’t like playing the ethnic card in politics. If a Yoruba could be a cabinet member in Kaduna. Hausa and Igbo have always surfaced on Lagos cabinet list.
I think every qualified citizen be free to contest in any part of our nation. Such admittance fosters unity and sense of belonging to inhabitants of such places. After all an Obama took after biblical Joseph in ruling the second most powerful nation after Nigeria.
KP: Without a positive Godfather it will be difficult for someone ambition to see the light of the day in Nigeria politics. Who is your mentor?
Osobu: Absolute trust in God comes first. What many refer to as God fathers are simply known as Pathfinders, mentors and leaders. So long as every conventional trade and vocation allow for hierarchy, that shouldn’t be strange in politics. God the benevolent and most merciful is enough and most qualified to be described as my guide and father.
KP: If given the mandate and when elected what should the people of Kosofe Constituency 2 be expecting from you differently from the former occupier?
Osobu: The Kosofe constituency 2 has exceptionally paraded our finest breed from creation. The legendary performance of Hon Obafemi Durosimi surpassed expectations. The historic, pragmatic and excellent performance of Dr Ajibayo Adeyeye is today a benchmark in legislative epistemology.
Hon Babatunde Braimoh brilliance, sophistication and legislative acumen has been second to none. He was simply a bundle of knowledge.
When I’m elected by the grace of God, I plan to appraise the pursuits he couldn’t finished before his creator called him home for greater usefulness, identify those requiring urgency of completion since government is a continuum.
The best gift any successor can give the soul of the departed is by advancing the frontiers he was committed to.
I plan to build a network of relevant agencies of government on the identified need basis of my constituents.
Engage the instrumentality of law to ensure that a vehicular bridge is constructed through Agboyi community into Ajegunle with a view to building tourism in that aquatic corridor and alleviating vehicular traffic.
I plan to lobby the executive into connecting Omole Phase one to Omole Phase two with vehicular bridge as was originally planned. Ensure the government build a General hospital and fire station in this constituency. Permit me to keep other antidotes to persisting challenges confronting our people until when the opportunity is ripe.
KP: Agboyi Ketu link bridge has become every four four years election campaigns unfulfilled promises. Are you sure your above assurance will not be another audio or political statement?
Osobu: Actualising it isn’t going to be difficult. A new approach of the economic benefits in building it could attract a Public Private Partnership. Without dislocating the Aboriginal dwellers, new towns could spring up around the aquatic spaces.
Building good road into the bridge linked up with Ajegunle is another traffic solution to the gridlock bedevilling Ketu through Mile 12. Hundreds of acres of land are waiting to be reclaimed also. Lagos would be willing to make the environment a tourism hub with a right approach to the benefits of our people.
KP: What are you going to do to the abandoned Multi-purpose Motorpark and layby at Ketu Bus stop beside the Ketu Divisional Police station?
Osobu: Don’t forget that the performing administration of Babajide Sanwoolu is just over a year in office. If the on going projects in Agege pen cinema, igbogbo and agric roads project could be revamped, the multi purpose park will be completed.
Don’t forget the government is working will lean resources aggravated by the rude incursion of Covid 19 taking about 5 of the 14 months in office by this administration.
Again, the climate determine which project comes first. The hierarchy of attention is determined by many factors including fund availability, cooperation and compliance etc. I’m using this opportunity to urge Lagosians to pay their tax so that more development can be spread across the state.
KP: Do you think you can win the ticket without having a team of political thugs?
Osobu: KOSOFE Constituency 2 is the most peaceful in the state. We cohabit without rancour or acrimony.
Again, we are one big family. I have lost bids for the Chairmanship of Agboyi Ketu LCDA in 2008, 2011 and 2017 unsuccessfully without resisting the consensus resolution of the leadership.
I’m convinced of being considered for the ticket on the merit of my track record without resorting to self help .
KP: Party supremacy is superior. Are you ready to abide with the final decision of the party if the odds are not in your favour?
Osobu: The Bible says except God builds the house, the workers work in vain. God enthrones and dethrones. I will abide by the leadership decision whichever way it goes , I’m a disciplined party man.
KP: What’s your message to your fellow aspirants, party
leaders and members?
Osobu: God knows our beginning and our end. He know what we will become and what we will not be.
Gilded by the above, we should put our trust in God. To our leaders and members , I promise to;
exhibit my best in ensuring a bright sun brightens the cloud inflicted on us by the painful death of our resilient, kind and iconic leader Hon Tunde Braimoh.