The Lagos East Senatorial District candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Hon Sikiru Osinowo, has promised to donate his entire salaries to the district if emerged winner at the 2019 elections.
Osinowo, a four-term lawmaker at the Lagos State House of Assembly made the pledge at a Reconciliatory Stakeholders meeting organised by party leaders in the Lagos East Senatorial District on Thursday.
He added that apart from his salaries for four years, he would use the office to bring more dividends of democracy to the people and seek their comfort.
Osinowo, who is representing Kosofe Constituency II at the Assembly commended all party leaders for support and hailed his opponents who stepped down their ambitions for him to fly the party ticket.
“I am not the best, the most educated or intelligent but all is divinely planned. Other candidates have spent money, time and energy before stepping down for me. Where you are sending me, I am sure that all your contributions and loyalties will be compensated.
‘`If by the grace of God I won the election to represent this senatorial district, my salaries for four years belong to the party.
“Whatever the amount, it is the party money I promise. You determine how it will be shared. If you know how the constituents, our supporters and followers struggled and suffered inside sun and rain to make sure I win this election, you will know that they are worthy to be given more,’’ Osinowo said.
According to him, his choice to flag the party ticket came to the National Leader of the party, Senator Bola Tinubu as a surprise, saying he never wanted to contest for the seat but party leaders insisted he should.
Osinowo, who noted that the meeting was to reconcile all aggrieved members said: “Compromise is key in getting things done very well.“We don’t want to put in winner takes all. Those who contested with me are many. We want to reconcile everybody so that we all work together and enjoy the dividends of democracy together.
`’Some of them step down, not that they are not qualified but because of the respect they have for the party, we are not going to let them down. We are trying as much as possible to reconcile all groups,” he said.
Osinowo, who specifically applauded Chief Lanre Rasak and Ambassador Olatokunbo Lawal and others for stepping down for him, assured that he would not disappoint the party and the leaders.
Also speaking, Rasak, one of the Governor Advisory Council (GAC)’s members, urged that party leaders in the district to be united and be more focused ahead of the 2019 elections and deliver huge votes for the ruling APC.
“After this meeting, we expect harmonious relations among all the party members, we expect APC members to be more committed to the goals and aspirations of the party candidates to ensure victory.He said that the leadership of the APC in the district would ensure sense of belonging to all members, especially the aggrieved.
Also another member of the GAC from Epe, Alhaji Seriki Bamu, warned against disloyalty and betrayal, saying that all party faithful should be fairly rewarded and that all in-fighting should end.
Seriki, who urged Osinowo not to listen to hearsays and divisive tendencies, advised him not to forget the party faithful if eventually emerged as the winner of the election.
Also Speaking, Hon. Tunde Braimoh, who is a member of the Lagos State House of Assembly representing Kosofe Constituency II, said that the meeting was to rejig and reengineer the party ahead of 2019 elections.
Braimoh, who noted that since only one person could get a seat where many people indicated interest, said there was a need to bring everybody together after the contest to move forward for the task ahead.
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