Frontline Lagos State governorship aspirant on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Dr Kadri Obafemi Hamzat, put his aspiration into top gear on Tuesday, 16th September, 2014, with the commencement of tour of local governments in the state.
The tour kicked off with a visit to Ojo Local Government where the governorship held tripartite consultation with different stakeholders in the local government.
He first met with party elders drawn from the Ojo Federal Constituency before meeting executive members of the party at the ward and local government levels as well as all the delegates. The last meeting was held with elected and appointed officers in Ojo Local Government, Otto-Awori and Iba Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs).
At the meetings, Dr Hamzat harped on the need to put round pegs in round holes as a perquisite for the continued development of the state. “No matter how brilliant one is, a carpenter cannot do the work of a bricklayer,” he said.
According to him, he is putting himself forward because he is convinced that he can contribute meaningfully to the continued development and growth of the state, which foundation was laid by Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and built solidly on by the present administration of Babatunde Raji Fashola, SAN.
Speaking on his chances, Dr Hamzat stated that his experience, having worked with Tinubu and Fashola will be a great asset while his commitment to service and service delivery will see him through.
“I don’t deceive myself, hence I don’t go into any venture I feel I cannot achieve result. This is a venture I’m really convinced about this project and I know by the grace of God, I will triumph,” he said.
Addressing the people of Ojo Local Government, the governorship assured that his administration will not relent in the developing infrastructure in the area as well as putting place programmes and projects to ensure the human development. “The issue here is that we need to develop our people and we can do this by putting in place a knowledge-based economy which paves way for people to develop their potentials to create wealth not only for themselves but also for the country at large,” he said.
On his parentage, Hamzat stated clearly that he cannot and will never lie on his lineage. “I won’t and will never do that,” he said.
Quoting from the published autobiography of his father published in 2004 well before he came back to Nigeria and even before his father dreamt of becoming traditional ruler of Afowowa community, the aspirant stated that his paternal lineage has its root in Epe. “My grandfather was Hamzat Ajiborisa and the Ajiborisa family is well known in Epe today. General Leo Ajiborisa, first Military Administrator of Osun State, is a prominent member of that family and still alive. At the appropriate time, he will speak on this issue,” he said.