The former Commissioner for Home Affairs in Lagos State, Dr Abdulhakeem Abdullateef, has declared his intention to contest the governorship election in the state in 2023.
The former commissioner, popularly known as ‘Honorable Iyepe’, said an Awori indigene should be given the opportunity to govern Lagos for the first time.
He argued that people of Awori origin in the state also have prerequisite skills and experience to govern Lagos.
He declared his ambition for 2023 governorship race on Tuesday with the tag, “Iyepe 2023″.
Abdullateef said there was a need for residents across the state to have a good manager of human and resources as their governor, saying this necessitated his “intention to lead the state”.
“I believe I will have the support of the people when the time comes. Right now, it is not about the campaign. This is a movement, when we get to that we shall cross the bridge,” he added.
On the clamour for an Awori indigene to govern Lagos, AbdulHakeem said, “For a very long time, the Aworis have been disenfranchised. Nobody thinks of them, the questions have always been what do they know? Which school do they go to, but which schools are they going that we have not attended?
“The Aworis are competent and qualified to deliver on electoral promises. It is not a sin to be an Awori! So, I believe an Awori will be given the opportunity this time around.”
He said his political movement has begun to raise awareness ahead of the 2023 governorship election.
Abdullateef said, “We are here to inaugurate a movement. That movement is Iyepe 2023. The movement is to raise political awareness. There is apathy in the country. Not so many people are involved in voting these days.
“You can see that the rate of voters has been going down in Lagos State. Out of about 24 million in Lagos State, less than 1.5 million voters participated in the last general election.
“So, we have started this movement to raise political awareness and encourage people to have hope that we can have a transformation. I am the lead visioner. The vision to transform Lagos economy and encourage more people to participate in politics, we believe things will change for better.”