I’ll use Senate to realise Idoma gov aspiration – Itodo

By James Shim

Candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) for Benue South Senatorial District, Comrade Idoko Itodo has said top most on his agenda, if given the mandate to represent people of his constituency would be to ensure that an indigene of Zone C becomes the governor of Benue State.

Itodo, who listed priority issues to tackle if eventually elected said: “I am not coming just because I am a younger person with intellect. As a program developer, I believe that the people of Benue South have not had the opportunity to occupy the position of Governor of Benue State. And I believe that the Senate can be used as a strong tool for the realization of a Benue State Governor from Zone C, and for the achievement of greater development,” he said.

The senatorial candidate, who spoke with The Voice Politics via phone also disclosed that if voted, he would initiate laws that would improve the security of lives and properties in the country and Benue State in particular.

“So we need to put laws in place to ensure that our people are safe. And to ensure that the security architecture is put in place very well, the personnel has to be paid adequately so that they don’t compromise. The people also need to be well informed about situations, well defined structures and adequate training.

“I will ensure that community policing is put in place. Community policing will give better understanding and knowledge of security. It will not end at state level but go as far as local government,” Itodo stated.

The prospective lawmaker mentioned other things he would do to improve on governance saying, “I can initiate things like Benue South Creative House or platform, whereby, people who have studied far and wide will be brought together to explore possibilities on how we can produce things that can be exported to other places outside the country.

“But you can agree with me that people who have occupied this position usually think that is all about sharing money or renovating schools or hospitals, buy cars and create access roads. I am not saying it is bad but by the time you are able to bring brains that can create structures for manufacturing, that can construct Keke Napep, create musical sets or sound systems, produce motor parts, etc, there must be a positive impact.

“For example, I have gone into¬† research for creating top gasket for engines. There are possibilities for a whole lot of things. What basically I am trying to do is that, we should start producing something as a people.”

He stated: “They say youths are leaders of tomorrow and I have worked for Senator Abba Moro, Comrade Daniel Onjeh, and Joseph Ojobo among many others. And if I am the leader of tomorrow, I believe now is the tomorrow. They should, therefore, be the ones pushing me to leadership. I know what I am bringing will salvage the situation of my people.”

On his impression about the commitment of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to conduct free and fair election in 2023, he said, “I am one of those that have commended the new electoral act that has been passed and signed into law. And I have seen how elections have been held in the past in this country. In recent times, elections are, to some extent free and credible.

“Democratically, we have not really achieved a lot because there are so many loopholes in government. People in power look at what they will do for themselves and families and that is what is in vogue. But if we want to progress as a nation, we have a whole lot of work to do, a whole lot of journey to make and really work hard as a people. Let people see leadership as sacrifice and not personal gains.”

He stressed that SDP is one of the oldest parties in Nigeria and a veritable platform for good governance.

“SDP has been in place before these parties that feel are the big wigs. In every dispensation the party produces credible leaders. It has capacity that if given the opportunity, it will deliver. The fact is that, we have always brought up credible leaders to vie for positions,” he said.

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