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How we’ll tackle low voters turn out, Lagos lawmaker gives advice

How we'll tackle low voters turn out, Lagos lawmaker gives advice

IBRAHIM QUADRI

A member of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Hon. Adebisi Yusuff, has enjoined political officers holders to identify with the people, noting that this would encourage them (electorates) to come out en masse to participate in electoral process.

Yusuff, who is representing Alimosho constituency I in the State House of Assembly has won a third term to represent the constituency. A feat that was unprecedented. The lawmaker has been the voice of his people since 2007 up to date.

Reacting to the advice by the Lagos State Resident Electoral Commissioner, Mr Sam Olumekun, that party leaders should intensify efforts in mobilising the electorate and their members to actively participate in elections, Yusuff said that would be achieved by identifying with the people and providing dividends of democracy.

Olumekun had on Friday 5th April, during the presentation of certificates of return to the State lawmakers-elect at INEC’s office, Yaba lamented on the low turnout of voters during last general elections in the state.

Yusuff said: “It is a fact and good advice from the Resident Electoral Commissioner. I advise the politicians that we should be alive in our constituencies by gearing up our people and doing activities that will encourage them to come out during elections.

“If you have annihilated the people and abandon those who gave you power, in subsequent elections, they won’t have interest in coming out. I enjoin political office holders and appointed officers that they should identity with the people that matter”.

He, however, expressed delight over his victory at the election, saying “it’s not an easy task. when you consider the cosmopolitan nature of my constituency. In terms of population, we are the largest and most politically structured activities Alimosho is no one on the list. As a result, there is competitive struggle to occupy the offices.

“Why I love the constituency is that they don’t sacrifice merit for mediocrity. They monitor you and base on your performance, they return you to the positions. This is the first time somebody will be representing Alimosho constituency for three consecutive terms and I thank God for that,” Yusuff added.

He commended former Governor, State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, residents, party stakeholders and his family for standing by him to ensure he wins the third term.

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