The senator representing Ondo South Senatorial District at the National Assembly, Boluwaji Kunlere has warned that politicians should not see politics as a do-or-die issue while seeking for public positions, explaining why he was not desperate about his ambition of returning to the upper chamber.
Kunlere posited that only politicians who have no other professions than politics would be too desperate to remain in power.
The senator, who spoke while empowering 500 people from his southern senatorial district at his hometown in Igbotako, Okitipupa local government area of the state, said despite he was among the 40 senators President Goodluck Jonathan directed to be given automatic ticket, but was prevented by some powerful forces in the state, he still not believe in politics of do- or-die affairs.
He noted that as a trained lawyer, a farmer and a community leader, he would be glad to return to his professions and continue rendering services to his people.
His words, “I am glad that my people appreciate my contribution in my three and half years as a senator because we are in a society where blackmail and falsehood are freely used to destroy people. I am also glad that I am alive because not all my colleagues that we are in senate are still alive till today. They made several attempt on my life, particularly during December last year at my Ijapo home in Akure but all attempts failed. If I had been killed, I will not be talking about ticket now.
“I have no reason to be desperate, I was among the PDP senators that the President ordered to be given automatic tickets even when it was narrowed to five senators, my name still featured but some powerful forces from my state did not allowed that to see the light of the day. As a trained lawyer, I will continue my solicitor’s job. I’ m a big time farmer. For the past 18 years, I have been eating palm oil from my farm. I have much cassava and if I want to eat fish, it is also from my farm. So, when Chief Olusegun Obasanjo said politicians should have other addresses, I said I have three to four addresses.
“I am not like some people who spent 11 years at Ife University and came out with pass. We are well trained and before I became a senator, my chamber was doing fine. If you have anything apart from politics to do, you will not make politics a do-or-die affair and you will not go to the President and lie against others, simply to remain in power.
Kunlere informed that the donated materials which include; dryer for hair dressers, Clippers, Generators, Deepfreezers, Grinding Machines and Wheel Chairs worth over N50million, assuring that he would continue to perform his constitutional duties to the people in his district till the end of his tenure.
He revealed that within his three and half years as senator, he had been able to provide block of Classrooms, potable water, Computer Centres for schools, Solar Street light and also helped in restoring JAMB centres to the district.
According to him, “our stake and view of politics is to give support to the helpless/disadvantage majority and the society at large through the grace granted unto us by our creator and the will of the people to serve them. We also believe that the hands that worked must eat the fruit of their labour. Therefore, this empowerment programme, no doubt, is to give hope to those who seemed to have been forgotten even the physically challenged were not left out”.