The lawmaker-elect for Oredo Federal Constituency of Edo State in the House of Representatives, Esosa Iyawe says he was planning to relocate out of Nigeria before being lucky to win the legislative seat on the platform of Labour Party.
The 40-year-old said the high cost of living in the country was the key reason he was thinking of leaving but he changed his mind after he was declared winner of the February 25 House of Reps election.
According to the graduate of Benson Idahosa University, he believes he was able to defeat seasoned politicians because people saw a reflection of themselves in him.
Iyawe said; “At one point, I even had plans of relocating to another country because the more one works, the less one gets as the naira loses value daily. The cost of living is high while inflation is also skyrocketing even though Nigeria is blessed with natural resources. A lot of countries don’t have one-10th of what we have but they are living well due to proper planning while we are still battling to make things work for several years and we remain underdeveloped.
“So, I decided to put my hat in the ring to ensure that if Obi became the president, I would assist in making and supporting bills that would enable him to function well as one of his disciples. I believe that we need laws based on common sense to make things work. As an engineer, I believe that I have the capacity to do things that will positively impact the people of Oredo. That was why I actually jumped into the race.”
“I believe people saw themselves in me. They saw me as a commoner like them, who they could relate with. They see that I go to the same market as they do. I buy fuel at the same price they buy it and I also feel the pain they feel. We all went out to campaign but the people saw that I was sincere and wanted to have a new person who could relate to them.”