Shina Peller, a member of the House of Representatives, has explained why he chose to run for a seat in the Senate rather than seek re-election to the green chamber.
Peller, who currently represents the lseyin/ltesiwaju/Kajola/lwajowa federal constituency, came in third place in the APC’s Oyo north senatorial primary (APC).
He received five votes, while Abdulfatai Buhari, the current senator for Oyo North, received 570 votes to win the primary.
In a post on his social media pages, the lawmaker explained why he decided to run for a senatorial seat: “I chose to run for a senatorial seat to satisfy the “overall benefits” of my constituency.”
He also said he wanted to give room to people of Kajola and Iwajowa LGAs to produce a federal representative in the constituency.
“Many people wonder why I chose not to return to the house of representatives for the second term. For the sake of integrity, my decision is based on my consideration of other local governments within my constituency- Kajola and Iwajowa who haven’t presented a representative for almost 16 years now,” he wrote.
“Returning to the house for the second term will mean denying them the opportunity to present a representative for twenty years. By 2023, when I will be completing my first term as a member of the house of representatives. It will make it sixteen (16) uninterrupted years that Iseyin/Itesiwaju have been producing representatives for the constituency leaving out the people from Kajola/Iwajowa.
“My people from Kajola/Iwajowa feel the people from Iseyin haven’t been fair enough to them in this regard, and I share their pain.
“This was why I made up my mind to throw my weight behind choosing a qualified person from Kajola/Iwajowa to represent our federal constituency in 2023, while I am yielding the call of my people from Oke Ogun to opt for the Oyo North Senatorial District seat.
“And I cannot be seen leading the liberation of Oke Ogun people and not fair to the local govts within my constituency.
“So, to those that feel I should return to the House of Reps, it’s not all about me alone; it’s about putting into consideration my integrity and overall interest of all.”
via: Information Nigeria