The Founder of Sesi Whingan Foundation and an aspirant for the House of Representatives, Badagry Federal Constituency in the 2023 General Election, Prince Sesi Whingan has declared that he is a better alternative to occupy the office among other aspirants vying for the same post.
Whingan revealed this on Saturday 22nd January 2022 during a media pally with newspaper proprietors and reporters from the area that held in Ibereko, Olorunda LCDA of Badagry, Lagos State.
The young aspirant pointed out that the challenge of good represention being experienced by Badagry overtime has been a bane of growth and development of the region, which in turn has denied it of being at par with other constituencies in Lagos in particular and the country in general.
Whingan in his statement pointed out that the about 16years tenure of Hon. Ibrahim Layode in the Lagos State House of Assembly and the one term of the current occupier of the office, Hon. Babatunde Hunpe, if compared with his social intervention puts him well ahead of both. This he said demonstrates that he is the better alternative for the job.
“There is no reason why I will not get the ticket. Before, maybe there had not been options, but when you have many options, you choose the best. Majority of people are tired, even the leadership of our party in Badagry is tired. We know what is obtainable in other places. Now we have a better option because I am a better alternative for the job.
“You can’t distance yourself from the people and come to say you want to return to the office. Come back to do what? You need to give account of your stewardship and allow your work to speak for you”. He said.
Responding to questions about the statement credited to the current occupier of the office, Hon. Tunde Hunpe, that elected members of the House of Representatives from Badagry should spend just one term in office, Prince Whingan said he doesn’t believe Hon. Hunpe is recontesting as he has not formally declare his intention to run again.
“The incumbent started his campaign then with one phrase, he went round Badagry preaching one man, one term and he was able to dislodged Hon. Bamogbose. We supported him because that was what he wanted. I don’t think he is running because I met him and he has not told me. He never planned to come back. He wanted one term and he got it, so don’t let us assume because I have not seen any official declaration from him and the other aspirant is still contemplating on where to start. 16years of what? We need to ask ourselves honest questions. Badagry belongs to all of us”. He said.
Whingan noted that he is not canvassing for one term in office but it is the people that should decide if one’s works is considered good enough to be reelected for another term.
“I will not just come out and say I want to run for that second term unless the people who called me out due to my good work do so again. This means that I do no have any choice than to perform. If I perform excellently, my work will speak for me”. He stressed.
Prince Whingan noted that Badagry is full of tourism potentials largely left untapped, noting that he has traveled far and wide to see countries whose major source of revenue is tourism. He therefore noted that he will use his office to create enabling environment for young people to thrive, using his connections to change the face of Badagry tourism by enhancing human capital development, attract investors, which in return according to him will improve the socio-economic landscape of Badagry.
“Le us promote Badagry for people to come. People should have alternative to come to Badagry for tourism activities. We need to fix the road. Before now, Badagry use to be flooded with tourists, our beaches use to be full especially on weekends”. He affirmed.
He further stressed that the issue of illegal and multiple checkpoints on Lagos Badagry Expressway is a result of failure in leadership particularly by the current member representing the federal constituency who should have taken it up with necessary agencies of the federal government.
He said he would work assiduously if elected to ensure illegal and multiple checkpoints on the major gateway to other West African countries become a thing of the past as it impedes ease of regional trade, business development, and growth of tourism potentials of the region.
Prince Whingan promised to make available to the press a detailed outline of his vision and programmes for the office before the campaign commences while he took reporters on a visual trip of a documentary of some of his social interventions in rural infrastructure, road maintainance, health, social development and education .