The Labour Party senatorial candidate for the Federal Capital Territory, (FCT, Abuja), Hajia Ireti Kingibe, declared Monday that her planned representation of the territory in the Senate come 2023, was for all and not any section of the residents.
Kingibe who made the assertion at a citizen town hall organised for candidates of the various political parties running for the single senatorial seat in FCT or two House of Representatives seats, by OrderPaper and some Civil Society Organization (CSOs), said indigenes who have been occupying the positions, carried out indigenous representation alone.
“Since 2003 when indigenes have been occupying the senatorial seat of the FCT and the two House of Representatives seats, it had been indigenous representation and not representation for all.
“My plan is to represent all residents of the FCT if elected and not a section of them as it has been over the years with indigenes occupying the position.
“My representation will meet the yearnings of both the indigenes and other Nigerians resident in FCT through required responsiveness at all times”, she said.
She stressed further that her focus will be on Youth and Women empowerment as well as adequate security across the nooks and crannies of FCT if elected as Senator.
Integration she added, will be a policy she will aggressively pursue for any indigenous settlements caught up with modern development as against relocation and compensations that are not usually paid.
On Mayoral status for FCT, she promised to collaborate with other Senators and House of Representatives members in the 10th National Assembly for its actualisation constitutionally.