A frontline aspirant to represent Kabba/Bunu Constituency at the Kogi State House of Assembly under the platform of Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP), Hon. Prince Matthew Kolawole has reiterated his determination and commitment to improve on the existing infrastructure in the constituency if given the opportunity to represent the area come 2015.
The lawn tennis athlete turned politician disclosed this at the palaces of the traditional rulers in Kabba.
According to the chairman of numerous companies, an international business mogul and Chief Executive of Golden Grand Royale Hotel, Kabba, his main aim of going into politics is for development and nothing more, stressing that the community deserves better health care facility than what is obtainable at the moment.
He said it is a public knowledge of what transpired in 2007 when he first contested for the position but was prevailed upon to step down by the then leader, late Arc. Stephen Olorunfemi despite the fact that he had spent well over thirty three million preparing for the contest.
Kolawole said though it was not palatable for him then but he decided to adhere strictly to the instruction of the late leader and work for the overall success of the party, adding that if Dr. Olorunfemi were to be alive, it would have been a different issue today.
He commended the Royal Fathers for their support, noting that he accepted the position of the leaders believing that God will bring his own time.
Kolawole said the rotational arrangement that had long existed between Kabba and Bunu where the Chairman, House of Assembly and other political positions are being rotated should not be altered for selfish purposes, stressing that since the present occupant of the seat of the constituency at the House of Assembly is from Bunu and that of the Chairman is from Kabba, it is expected by the understanding between the two districts, that Kabba community produces the next House of Assembly member, while Bunu district produces the Chairman for the Local Government.
According to him, this is why he is contesting for the position. He solicited for the prayers and moral support of the traditional institutions.
He further said that no House of Assembly Member can singlehandedly enthrone or upgrade any traditional ruler without the support of other stakeholders, noting that his late father has warned him not to dabble into issues of Chieftaincy, land or meddle with someone’s wife.
Responding His Royal Majesty, Oba (Dr.) Michael Olobayo, the Obaro of Kabba and Chairman Okun Area Traditional Council commended Prince Kolawole for his developmental efforts in the community, noting that the three star hotel he cited in Kabba is a clear demonstration of his genuine love for the community.
According to him, he has known the international business mogul for a very long time and that he has always been a good ambassador of the community, adding that people of his character and disposition are the kind of individual needed in politics.
He charged all and sundry especially politicians to rally round Prince Kolawole, noting that Kabba has come of age for positions to be given to those who can really handle it well without recouse to where they come from, as the community belongs to all.
The Obadofin of Oweland, His Royal Highness, Oba Michael Yusuf commended the political gladiator for his giant strides in the overall development of the area, noting that his personal contributions to his palace is monumental.
He charged members of the Campaign Organization to go about their activities in a peaceful manner, praying that God will grant him his heart desires.
The Obajemu of Oweland, His Royal Highness, Oba Michael Ibinaiye tasked Kabba politicians to re-trace their steps by carrying along the traditional institutions in their decision making just as their late leader used to do, noting that traditional institutions are a integral parts of governance.
He said the traditional rulers would continue to work hard at ensuring that peace and tranquility reign in the community as the nation move towards the 2015 general elections.
Other traditional rulers visited included, HRH, Oba Akin Obamero, the Oba of Gbeleko, the Oba of Odolu – Kabba and the Elesho of Oweland.