The All Progressives Congress (APC), Lagos chapter, Youth Organising Secretary, Idris Aregbe, has declared that he was not planning to step down his ambition in Surulere council chairmanship race as been speculated in the public, saying his campaign train was still more active in meeting stakeholders across grassroots within Surulere ahead of the party primaries.
Aregbe said that the speculations on plans that he was stepping down for other aspirants were just part of tactics to distract himself and members of his campaign team, as well as his supporters from been focus on his campaign goals.
Speaking through a statement obtained by The Guild from the aspirant on Tuesday, the APC Lagos organising secretary indicated that there was no reason for him to abandon his ambition, claiming that some forces within Surulere were trying to frustrate his efforts and abandon a dream of becoming chairman of the council.
He added that his decision to contest for the seat was a response to calls from residents of the council that demanded he stand up and lead Surulere local government to improve on the development achieved over the years.
According to him, ours is a certain cause, no retreat or tempting offers shall compromise our collective resolve to make Surulere a much better place for all. I, Aregbe Idris, born and bred in Surulere, reaffirm that my decision to run for chairmanship position in Surulere local government is borne out of a genuine intention to better the lots of our people and further consolidate our relevance as Lagosians.
“My aspiration to run for the chairmanship position of Surulere local government is not just about personal ambition; for quite some time, I have been inundated with calls from friends, associates, and many good people of Surulere about 2021 being the right time to step up as a youth and a major stakeholder in the schemes of things in Surulere LG.
“It is a call that I have emphatically chosen to answer by standing up to be counted as one who took the bull by the horn and put himself forward to serve and represent the youths and our older generation towards creating a better place for future generations”, he added.
As gathered, the move against the chairmanship aspirant by the forces were said to have been embarked upon after realising that Aregbe had become the preferred choice of APC members who would be voting during the primaries in the council.
Aregbe said that his antecedents as a welfarist had become a trademark that had continued to attract the youths and residents to his campaign manifestoes which were designed to address the challenges confronting the council.
The APC secretary stated that the manifestoes were solutions put together after a thorough review of the challenges affecting the council with a view to ending them as well as place Surulere on the map of Lagos as the economic hub for the state.
“I salute the labour of past leaders who strived to make Surulere great: may God reward your labour and sacrifices. I have a very strong resolve to consolidate on the works of our past heroes. Transformation is a journey, it is not a destination. Our past leaders have tried, it is time for a visionary youth to bring in innovation, speed, more inclusiveness, and accelerated development.
“In our time, Surulere will become the major economic hub of Lagos State and a place from where our young stars’ innovative excellence in sports, Information Technology, education, performing arts, and so on can ascend to national and even, global prominence. Surulere will become a reference point for local government development in Nigeria.
“I feel strongly reassured by the energetic backing of the youths, women, children, and seasoned politicians within and outside Surulere towards our campaign and determination to actualize an administration that is all-inclusive and fair to all. Our campaign is hinged on the popular saying that one tree cannot make a forest. We need your dynamic support to take Surulere to greater heights”.