Prince Adedamola Richard Kasunmu, has joined the race for the Lagos State House of Assembly, Ikeja Constituency 01 seat on the platform of All Progressives Congress (APC) in the forthcoming general elections.
Damola Kasunmu is the son of the late Alhaja Arafat Abiodun Kasunmu, late sister of the National Leader of APC and former Governor of the state, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, hence he is Asiwaju Tinubu’s nephew. The late Alhaja Kasunmu, a proven educationist, was the proprietress of Modupe Ayoade Nursery, Primary and Secondary School, located in the highbrow Magodo neighbourhood in Lagos. She was the only daughter of the deceased Iyaloja General of Nigeria, Alhaja Abibatu Mogaji.
Suffice to add that the seat Damola is eyeing is currently being occupied by the state Assembly Speaker, Rt. Honourable Sabit Adeyemi Ikuforiji, who is also gunning for the state governorship seat.
Kasunmu who has been a resident of Ikeja Local Government Area for more than a decade and has for several years been part of the council in the areas of development such as education, poverty alleviation programmes and general upgrading of social amenities in the area under the Wale Odunlami administration in the local government for series of terms, disclosed his ambition during a chat withthegazellenews.com.
“In Ikeja, I have single handedly sponsored at least 20 less privileged children to the state children’s Christmas party and other general kiddies activities over the last five years. During election periods, I always play significant roles by virtue of being the President of the defunct Democrats Group of Nigeria now renamed Revive Active Democracy Coalition of Nigeria, (RADCON).
“Notable occasions where my impacts were felt include the 2007 elections that brought in Governor Babatunde Raji Fashola, SAN, and his re-election in 2011. So politics has always been a part of me as well as contributing to the yearning to change the face of youth development in Ikeja and Lagos as a whole. Asides being politically inclined, I have participated in various youth programmes aimed at the development of the youth in terms of cognitives and reasoning.
“I have been part of various summits including ‘Do The Dream Initiative’ where the primary focus is building the future leaders for our dear nation. My vision is to create a pool of focused youths that will influence our society positively engaging the youths and give them a voice. I’m also part of Lagos Young Professionals, a group geared towards youth advocacy, a platform to network. It is a non-partisan platform to demand youth inclusion in whatever government coming on board in Lagos state.
A platform to prepare for the 2015 elections, sensitizing our colleagues in the state on what the youth involvement should be come 2015,” he said.
Kasunmu said if given the nod to represent his people at the 8th Assembly, his eight point agenda would include: youth representation in legislative and executive duties; financial accountability and social responsibility; youth empowerment and poverty alleviation.
Speaking further on his eight point agenda, he said he would equally ensure career workshops and leadership programmes for youths; Innovation and participation in MDGs; legislative transparency and general accessibility to the public; infrastructure development; and economic growth in the state as well as female representation and gender equality.