In this article, Barrister Lukman Ade-Salau, a candidate of the Labour Party in the postponed National Assembly elections in Shomolu Local Government, Lagos state urges electorate in the constituency to cast his vote for him
The purpose of this write up is to bring our case in Somolu/Bariga Federal Constituency before the public court of justice.
We are insisting on our right to be represented by our true representative from within. We say no categorically to an offer to service from without because we have many capable hands within Somolu from various political parties that can represent us in the House of Representatives. We therefore reject any attempt to impose on us, a mercenary representative or outside representative no matter from which quarter.
Traditionally Somolu has been represented by prominent indigenes of Somolu. We recall Prince (Hon) Samuel O. Adesida ,we recall Pa. Hon.Stephen Solaja of the blessed memory; we recall Hon. Adeyemi Oluwole and the present incumbent, Hon. Wole Diya.
We are aware that prominent Somolu indigenes like Hon. Wole Diya and Hon .Akeem O. Sulaimon, the present Chairman of Bariga Local Council Development Area, Hon. Adekanola Kuye former Chairman of Somolu Local Government and Hon. Abdul Salawu Dullar contested the primaries for their party before a candidate with an offer from Mushin was imposed on them.
Our struggle in Somolu/Bariga is beyond partisanship. It is about our right to be represented. The right to be represented by one of a people is a sacred right that can not be compromised. This is the essence of our struggle in Somolu/Bariga Federal Constituency.The resistance of the Americans that formed the basis of freedom fighting against British rule that resulted into the creation of the greatest democracy in the world was predicated on the principle of the need to be represented in government.
It is for this reason that we support the candidature of Lukman Adegboyega Bari-Salau of the Labour Party , one of our kind, to represent us at the House of Representatives.
Lukman Adegboyega Bari-Salau was born in Obanikoro, he schooled in Obanikoro primary school and Baptist Academy and he has lived in Somolu all his life.
Ade Salau as a lawyer is well equipped and politically sophisticated enough to give us qualitative representation in the House of Representatives.
He has recently demonstrated this possession of qualitative representation when in the aborted April 2, election, the logo of the Labour Party which most people in Somolu/Bariga wanted to vote for was missing from the ballot by INEC’s omission or commission. The slogan of his campaign ‘Somolu 4 Somolu’ and ‘Omo adugbo’ rented the air in protest. Thank God, the election was stopped for some other reasons. And then Adegboyega swung into action. He met Somolu Electoral Officer who confirmed to him that his name and party were missing in the candidates’ list.
He later met the Resident Electoral Commissioner, Dr. A.L. Ogunmola who confirmed the information .Our able representative went to Abuja and worked together with the Labour Party National Chairman to fight the case to make Somolu/Bariga have their choice of candidates and the result was the postponement of the election to April 26, to allow the printing of new ballot papers that will contain the logo of his party, the Labour Party for social justice. That is the type of representative desirable for the people of Somolu and Bariga.
The particulars of candidates for Somolu Federal House of Representatives Constituency as contained in the INEC final list is as follows:
We want the voters in Somolu/Bariga to look beyond partisan consideration to judge who best look capable to represent them.
We recommend Lukman Adegboyega Salau, one of us. Young and dynamic.
Adegboyega Salau has pledged to bring the people of all parties together. He has pledged to work with the government of Lagos State for the progress of the State because to him the interest of his people in Somolu/Bariga and indeed Lagos State is beyond partisan consideration.
As a candidate, Lukman Salau is in tune with his party , the Labour Party, in its endorsement of Governor Babatunde Raji Fashola for re-election as Governor of Lagos State.
We congratulate those who have recently been elected into the House of Representatives in Lagos State . Lukman Adegboyega is a team player and he is ready to work together with them for the progress of the State.
We hereby appeal to the electorate of Somolu/Bariga that as they get to the polling booth and scan through the ballot papers for candidates of their choice for different offices, they should take time to look at the ballot paper for the House of Representatives and vote beyond partisan consideration to vote for a candidate from within , Lukman Adegboyega Salau of the Labour Party. Remember, Omo Adugbo, Somolu 4 Somolu.
- This message is sponsored by Barrister Lukman Ade-Salau of the Labour Party and the Somolu Progressive Movement For Political Justice