Asipa Kaoli Olusanya is the Vice Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the Lagos East Senatorial District . He spoke with THE IMPACT at the Independent National Election Commission’s (INEC) office in Ikorodu on his view about the electoral victory of his party and what people should expect from the APC government. Excerpts:
IMPACT: The campaign for the Governorship and State Assembly seats and the elections on Saturday ended today with the declaration of your party’s candidates as winners. How do you feel about this?
Asipa Kaoli: I feel alright and humbled by the mandate of the people. It’s been a great struggle and we have gone through tunnels, harrowing experience and at a point, we felt innate fears because of the fear of the unknown but we are confident with the support of the people because with the people, you will never get dry. One thing that is also key is that Ikorodu has made another record as to the consistency of being a progressive community. From the beginning of the democratic experience in Nigeria, Ikorodu has consistently being a progressive and that is what you have seen here today. I want to congratulate the the member of the Lagos State House of Assembly for Ikorodu Constituency I and the Majority Leader of the House, Hon. Sanai Agunbiade and his colleague in Ikorodu Constituency II, Hon. Nurudeen Solaja. I also congratulate Ikorodu people for their supportx.
IMPACT: What should people be expecting from your party’s government in the next 4 years sir?
Asipa Kaoli: What people should be expecting is already captured in the manifestoes of the incoming governor. He has promised a better and greater Lagos. The beauty of what we are seeing here and what will eventually emerged with our party having the majority in the house is that the synergy between the legislators and the executive will be more robust. They have been working together to give Lagos the dividends of democracy in terms of performance. The incoming governor has also promised that his manifestoes will be delivered. The incoming Governor and Assembly members will take governance to higher level in the State.
Another thing that we would enjoy in the State is the cooperation between Lagos State and the Federal government that would also be controlled in the next 4 years by the APC. This will be the second term running that Lagos and Abuja will be on the same page and we want to see a greater and faster rate of development for our people, infrastructure, technology and all other things that would make Lagos State greater .
IMPACT: Thank you sir.
Asipa Kaoli: It’s my pleasure.