The senatorial candidate of the Alliance for New Nigeria (ANN) Kunle Lawal has said that he’s not gunning for the senate because of the not-too-young-to-run (NTYTR) bill recently passed into law.
Lawal who emerged ANN candidate for Abuja constituency after a keenly-contested primary at the party headquarters in Abuja was former Director of Strategy of KOWA party.
In a recent interview with Concise News, the young politician sheds light on his vision, driving force and objectives for his constituency. Excerpts:
Are you in this senatorial race because of the Not-too-young-to-run bill?
I didn’t chose to run for Senate because of the Not too Young to Run Bill. Besides the fact I’m past the age, I personally believed I could rewrite the way campaigns are run in this country and understand the root of any democracy is the legislative arm FAQs
Apart from being the city I have lived in for the past seventeen years, I am a proponent for the state of residence and not state of origin. Nigeria has suffered enough from ethnic bias and this bill I’m planning to sponsor could help ease that in the next fifteen years. Also Abuja is the capital city and every Nigerian has a stake in it.
What makes your campaign different?
I am just like you, so I understand I must campaign with citizen-centric legislation for example rent standardization, social welfare, education insurance (to make qualitative education free at the first three levels), social welfare, border security and child protection are some bills I’m already proposing on the campaign.
My campaign is also crowd-funded as I don’t have a backyard full of dollars and this has made me not only responsible to the people but more in tune with preferences for governance.
Why makes you feel you’re qualified for the position you’re running for?
At 39, most assume me too young to aspire for a senatorial seat, but when an aspiration becomes a candidacy, it shows a particular resilience and tenacity working through internal party structures. I would like to mention that in my time in politics, I have held a National Executive Council position, I’ve been an initiator on the The Orange Movement which educated young Nigerians On the tenets of democracy, spent over two hundred hours doing volunteer teaching, participated in community service, worked on different non-governmental organizations to promote democracy in Nigeria, spoken and engaged the foremost minds in my time etc.
What are your strengths?
I don’t deem myself strong at anything honestly, apart from the passion and love for Nigeria. At every thing, I’m still within the learning curve and this would continue till I die. If I were to mention a strength, it would be accessibility to the people who are strongest arm in democracy. That is very key to me.
Would you be like this after you win your election?
How else should I be (laughs)? I plan to live a life of service and let me note this – I would walk around my constituency always. I already have offered a part of my allowances to the people because I feel the cost of governance is too high based on how much we actually have in this country and poor civil servants are not paid. I won’t be part of any animal farm system of government.
Any words for your constituency?
I won’t say I’m the best candidate out there in 2019, I would only like to ask who is better? The only difference between Abuja and London is location. We can, therefore, have everything London has including an elected mayor who doesn’t serve at the pleasure of the president, improved education, healthcare, modern and functioning infrastructure and support for SME’s.