The influence of quality representation and lawmaking can no longer be overemphasized, especially with the recent developments in Nigeria that have negatively affected the people and the economy.
Unarguably, we have had a rubber-stamp national assembly in the last 7 years of the APC administration. The demonic debt profile, poor implementation strategy of the naira redesign, fuel scarcity, protracted ASUU strike, insecurity and flagrant disregard for the federal character principle in appointments are a testament to the fact that some of these lawmakers, at both chambers, are there for their selfish interests and not to represent the constituents, as they claim.
I doubt if we have ever had a Senior Advocate of Nigeria in the national assembly in recent times. One who knows his onions, who not only will interpret the law appropriately but has the requisite intellectual stamina to confront the executive and, together with like-minds, put their excesses in check.
Basorun Ifedayo Adedipe, SAN is a thouroughbred legal practitioner, highly admired Akure son and quite philanthropist whose has made an uncommon impact in the lives of many across the length and breadth of this country.
Adedipe will be running as a senator to represent the good people of Ondo central senatorial district of Ondo state in this Saturday’s presidential and national assembly elections, on the platform of People’s Democratic Party (PDP). His areas of priority are restructuring, security generally, community and state policing, local government autonomy, skills acquisition for young people, grants for small-scale businesses especially women-led businesses, among several novel initiatives.
He may be the only Senior Advocate of Nigeria and one of very few reputable lawyers in the next assembly.
Finally, the people of Ondo central senatorial district and by extension, Ondo state, will have an intellectual, well knowledgeable and compassionate human – one who they will be very proud of, to represent their collective interests at all times.
Adeniyi Ojo, a public affairs analyst, writes from Akure