From Akilani Abdullah, Lagos
Ahead of the 2015 gubernatorial election in Lagos, first class traditional ruler and the Alara of Ilara, HRM Oba Akeem Adesanya, has called on the All Progressive Congress (APC) party leaders to rally
round the senator representing Lagos East Senatorial District and a guber aspirant, Gbenga Ashafa as he seeks higher political office.
The Alara made this known at yet another Mega Empowerment Programme sponsored by the lawmaker at Epe Local Government Secretariat recently.
The mega empowerment programme which had beneficiaries from Epe, Eredo and Ikosi-Ejinrin, was witnessed by top politicians in Epe, some of which include, Chief Lanre Rasaq, Hon Joko Pelumi, Chief Wasiu Odeyemi, Chief Akinola, Chief Arowojobe, Hon Salau Tunde, Hon Dehinsilu, Alhaji Bankole, Chief Mrs Adekoya, Alhaji Shakirudeen Seriki, Hon. Segun Olulade, Hon Segun Adetola and Hon. Segun Agbaje among others.
Among the empowerment tools given to the beneficiaries, were sewing machines and tailoring accessories, vulcanizing machines, barbing kits, power generating sets, airtime vouchers, GSM phones, umbrella stands, chairs, tables and hair dryers among others.
The monarch who described Ashafa as the true son of the soil from the Epe axis, showered encomiums on him as one of the outstanding leaders the district had ever produced in the political history of the area.
“There is no gainsaying the fact that Senator Ashafa has done wonderfully well within his three years in the senate.
“With over 2000 beneficiaries in today’s empowerment programme, there is no doubt that if he is given another responsibility greater than this, he would perform better. I am using this medium to implore all
APC party leaders and members to rally round this Ibeju-born politician for he is committed to the welfare of his people at the grassroots and I wish him well in his future ambition.
“All his 76 constituency projects can be felt across the length and breadth of the district. As a first term senator, he has proved all Doubting Thomases wrong, especially with his recent Mega Empowerment
Programme which he started at Ibeju-Lekki, then Somolu and today in Epe.
“I was told that this same Mega Empowerment Programme will soon be extended to Kosofe and Ikorodu Local Government Areas. All these truly indicate that he is the masses’ choice when it comes to delivering the dividends of democracy in fulfilling his campaign promises back then in 2011” he said.