Ex- Students’ Leader declares for Kwara Assembly Seat

A journalist and former students leader, Rukayat Shittu has declared her intention to run for the office of the honorable representing Owode/Onire constituency at the state house of assembly, under the platform of the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC).

Rukayat made her intention known to the public on Wednesday evening, in a post on her social media handle tagged ‘Declaration Statement.’

The 26-year-old, who is a native of Manyan in Onire district, Asa Local Government Area, Kwara State, said her village has never been opportune to represent Owode/Onire constituency, stating that she is confident in ability to deliver inclusive governance if allowed to serve.

According to her, “the 2023 election is not just like the usual elections; it is a referendum to decide whether we want greatness or not.

“It is a choice between two paths – the path of sustainable development or the path of division and backwardness.

“As a native of Manyan in the Onire district, my village has never been opportune to represent our constituency, Owode/Onire, but I am confident in my ability to deliver inclusive governance if allowed to serve.

“I am hereby inviting every well-meaning individual within our ever progressive party, APC and within my constituency, Owode- Onire to join me, as we seek a historic opportunity to redefine representation.

“I don’t have to be the best indigene of Owode/Onire to represent her, but I should be wise enough to bring together the most qualified people to work with them, banking on the guidance and wise counsel of our hard-working elders and community leaders, both male and female.

“I would also be the representative of the youths and women.” Rukayat said.

She added further that; “In the legislative arm of government, which is the bedrock of democracy, Owode/Onire State constituency needs a new kind of representation that will be truly representative, participatory, and give priority to policy and legislation that would enhance the well being of the people.

“In the past years, that I have been on media activism, I already have firsthand information about the situation of our people in the Owode/Onire constituency.

“Aside from being a media practitioner, working with the famous Online Media House in Kwara State, ‘Just Event Online’, I was elected and served as the first female Senate president for the Congress of the National Open University Of Nigeria, cumulatively I ensure quality representation in about 85 study centers across the federation.

“Legislative work for me is, therefore, a career, nurtured by experience, and passion to serve the common and public good, rather than a desire to prosper individual interest.

“I believe that the very reason why the Almighty Allah gave me the experiences, the insights, and the opportunities I had, is that they must be put to the use of our dear constituency, Kwara State, and Nigeria at large and I will not hesitate to do just that if given the opportunity.

“This is why I am today, with utmost humility, formally declaring my intention to run for the Office of the honorable representing Owode/Onire State Constituency on the platform of our great party, the All Progressives Congress.

“If by the grace of God, the wise choice of our party APC, and the will of the people, I am allowed to represent our people, I will be guided by the four cardinal responsibility of a lawmaker, which includes representation, legislative advancement, executive oversight, and constituency outreach.

“I will make sure that my compassionate mind reflects the trust that the people instill in me.

“This campaign is not about me; it is about you; it is about the future of this constituency. Let our stories be told for generations to come, our journey will not end at the poll; we will get to work and ensure quality representation.” Rukayat concluded.

Abdullahi Sanni

Abdullahi Sanni is a senior news reporter at SHO PEN ONLINE. He is a passionate writer with core interest in Politics, sports and economy reports. Abdullahi who studied mass communication at Kwara state polytechnic in Ilorin, is the 1st of six in his family. He's a multimedia journalist who has traveled far and wide in the course of his journalism career.

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