Lanre Sarumi of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is the candidate to beat in the forthcoming election for the Ibadan North Federal Constituency.
A group, the Young Progressives in Oyo State (YPO), made the declaration in a statement by its president, Wale Adeoye.
The group maintained that Sarumi towers shoulder above other candidates contesting the election in the constituency.
It further stated that the PDP candidate has a comprehensive youth-focused agenda that could liberate the younger generation.
The group added that Lanre Sarumi’s track record is unprecedented and unmatched among the candidates vying for Ibadan North Federal Constituency.
The statement reads in part: “He was born Olanrewaju Olalekan Sarumi into the Akintayo Basiri-Sarumi Family of Abebi in Ibadan, Oyo State.
“Sarumi is a software technology delivery consultant who has consulted for various sector organisations.
“These include insurance, health sector, government, non-profit organisations and more, supporting software implementation at multiple capacity.”
The group added that his achievements outside office have been a reference point, not only in Ibadan North, but in the state capital as a whole.
“Sarumi is building an ultra-modern toilet infrastructure in The Polytechnic Ibadan.
“He pioneered light up projects in the inner parts of Ibadan City, an initiative his opponent in the All Progressives Congress (APC) hurriedly replicated,” the group added.
The group pointed out that Sarumi has embarked on different local empowerment programmes.
These, it stated, included medical outreach; employment of four ad-hoc staff at Sabo Medical Centre and market women empowerment.
Others, the group added, included bore hole provision; and disbursement of bursaries to primary school pupils in Oke-Itunu, among others.
“Sarumi’s style of leadership is an example of inclusive society. He is leading a legacy of contributing one’s quota to governance, even while you are not part of it yet.
“This is the type of person needed to sustain leadership in Ibadan North. He is one man for all in Ibadan North Federal Constituency.
“Let other candidates, including the self-acclaimed Jagaban in Ibadan North, tell us how many people have benefited from him politically,” the group said.